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Can your civil rights be violated by the justice system if you cannot afford a lawyer?

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2006-07-19 18:44:55

Persons charged with a criminal offense are entitled to

representation regardless of their financial situation. That is the

job of court appointed PDA's or Guardian Ad Litems for those

persons who cannot afford private counsel. The ability to afford

private representation is usually determined by the presiding

judge. Persons involved in civil matters such as creditor lawsuits,

personal injury and so forth are not entitled to such

representation unless they can obtain a pro bono attorney or

qualify for legal aid assistance.

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