Can a public defender represent you in a non-family law civil contempt case? 4 Answers as of July 18, 2011

I have a permanent injunction against me prohibiting me from blogging about a public company's illegal activities. Then they sued me for "civil" contempt under CCP 1218 but said I should have a public defender.

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Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
It depends on what the contract or authorization exists with regard to the individual county involved. There is not constitutional right to a lawyer unless you can be sentenced to six months or more in jail. Some county program do provide such representation in lesser circumstances.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/18/2011
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
No they cannot. They can only help with "criminal" matters.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/13/2011
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
You can ask, but you will find that PDs will tell you they are not available for civil cases. You'll have to either do it yourself pro per, or hire an attorney. If serious about hiring counsel to help you in this, and if this is in SoCal courts, feel free to contact me.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/13/2011
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
I do not believe you will be able to be appointed a public defender in a civil contempt matter. You will have to retain private counsel.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/12/2011
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