How do I request for appointed lawyer and request it be the one I want? 12 Answers as of March 11, 2013I want a court appointed lawyer, but I have the name of the lawyer I want and he is not in my county. He has said he will take the case as private or as court appointed. How do I get them to choose him? Please help. I am a low income house hold as well.
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
The court will appoint an attorney or you will get a Legal Aid lawyer but you will not be able to choose your lawyer. Many "18b" assigned lawyer are private lawyer with a great deal of experience who take assigned cases occasionally and many of the Legal Aid lawyers are also talented criminal lawyers who are in those courts in front of those judges every day.
Answer Applies to: New York
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
You do not get to choose who is appointed to represent you. That is one of the worst parts of court appointed lawyers. There are many very good lawyers who take indigent clients, but you do not get to choose who you want. The only way to do that is to hire the person privately.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
You may not do both. If you would like the lawyer of your choice, then you have to hire that person. If you cannot afford an attorney, then apply to the office of the public defender for an appointed one. A person does not have the right to choose an appointed attorney.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
You cannot specify which attorney you want if you ask for a court-appointed attorney. That's not the way it works. If you want that specific attorney, then you will need to pay him or just hope that you get him as court-appointed.
Answer Applies to: Alabama