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