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How to get a public defender

1 Answers. Asked on Jan 15th, 2015 on DUI/DWI - South Carolina
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have a preliminary hearing tomorrow and can not afford to pay for a lawyer
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Answered on Feb 12th, 2015 at 7:53 AM

See the clerk of court to apply. Bear in mind the guidelines to qualify for a PD are significantly more stringent that simply the inability to afford an attorney. In other words, you will not automatically be appointed a PD just because you apply. If you don't apply, try finding a pro-bono legal service to help out.

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Driving under the influence (sometimes known as driving while intoxicated/DWI or operating under the influence/OUI) can have serious legal ramifications, from the loss of your driver's license to jail time, fines and increased insurance rates. If you have a commercial driver's license, the penalties can be even more serious. If you've been charged with drunk driving, talk to a criminal defense attorney immediately. A lawyer with DUI defense experience can review the police report, breathalyzer results and other evidence, try to find weaknesses in the prosecutor's case and work tirelessly in your defense. DUI law firms can also work with clients and prosecutors on plea bargains, alternative sentences and license reinstatements.
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