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The district attorney defends a person accused of a crime if that person can not afford an attorney?


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2009-04-17 14:42:02
2009-04-17 14:42:02

district attorney usually is the one pursuing the charges and making deals/pleas the attorney that defends you would be any available public attorney

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The Defense Attorney. For those who cannot afford one a Public Defender is appointed, a defense attorney who is paid by the city or state.

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The charges are very serious, the best choice would be to obtain the advice of an attorney who is experienced in criminal defense, even if the person has not been formally charged. Or,if they are arrested and charged for the crimes, at the arraignment the judge will ask if the person can afford counsel. If the accused cannot pay for a private attorney the judge will appoint a PDA.


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