If an 18 year old who is still in school and raised by grandparents needs a public defender, do the grandparents need to pay for anything? 14 Answers as of March 24, 2013

Why is the grandparents' income asked for?

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Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
I would need further information to answer but if the person lives with the grandparents then the income of the grandparents can be used to determine if the person is eligible to get a court appointed attorney.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 3/24/2013
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Grandparents are raising the 18 year old, so the judge will consider their income in seeing IF the 18 year old qualifies. See website for info on working with public defender: http://www.lawrencelewispc.com/pages.php?go=pinfo&PID=63
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 3/21/2013
Miller & Harrison, LLC
Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
If you live with your grandparents and they are supporting you, then it is required that their income e considered when deciding if you qualify for the public defender.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 3/21/2013
William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
When a person applies to the public defender for representation, the person has to show that he or she is in fact indigent. If the person has no income of his own or her own, then the applicant has to produce proof that whoever supports him or her cannot afford a lawyer either. An attorney can assist you with evaluating the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to plea bargain or go to trial. If you were to be found guilty, then an attorney can assist you with presenting mitigation, allocution, and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. Consider seeking a confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Beware that online posts are not confidential. If somehow the prosecution were to find your post, then it might be used in evidence against you.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 3/21/2013
The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones
The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones | B. Elaine Jones
The authorities must think that the grandparents have legal guardianship or custody. Of course if you are 18 they shouldn't be inquiring. They are trying to determine if you qualify financially for a public defender.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 3/21/2013
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    The grandparents should not have to pay since an 18 year old is an adult.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/21/2013
    Dennis P. Mikko Attorney at Law | Dennis P. Mikko
    Once the person is 18 they are an adult and should have to stand on their own. Without more, there is no way to determine why the grandparents' income was asked for.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/21/2013
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    If the child or his guardian can demonstrate that they are able to pay for a private attorney, the judge can deny the child a public defender. This is seldom done, however. However, in your case, the "child" is an adult, and not in juvenile court, so the chance of the judge denying a public defender is greater than is the guy was under the age of 17, in Illinois.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/21/2013
    LAW OFFICES OF CONSTANTINE BARDIS, LLC | Constantine Bardis, Esq.
    He is a dependent and the guardians who care for him are normally responsible for getting a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 3/20/2013
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    The child in under the care of the grandparents that is why the income is asked for.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 3/20/2013
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    If the 18-year-old is still in school then presumably he/she is still taken care by the grandparents which is why they would ask for the income. Court-appointed attorney aren't necessarily free lawyers. You may be ordered to pay a reduced amount for the attorney services by the court.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/20/2013
    Law Offices of Laurie A. Schmidt, P.C. | Laurie Schmidt
    Public defenders are appointed to defendants that do not have sufficient means to pay for a private lawyer. If a defendant qualifies for the services of the public defenders is an income driven question. The court will review all sources of income (including your grandparents) and support that you receive to determine if you qualify or not for appointment of counsel.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/20/2013
    Ferguson & Ferguson
    Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
    Your a minor. They are responsible for you.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 3/20/2013
    Toivonen Law Office | John Toivonen
    With a public defender the court will ask the Defendant, parent, or legal guardian to pay the legal fees. Usually these run in the hundreds of dollars. However, if the Defendant can show that he does not have any money, the court may waive the payment requirement.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/20/2013
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