How to Request a Court Appointed Attorney in CPS Cases
Authored By: Texas Partnership for Legal Access; Texas Legal Services Center;
- Information Form Instructions-- Read this first Form Instructions Form: Affidavit of Indigency and Request for a Court Appointed Attorney
Your Right to Request a Court Appointed Attorney
If Child Protective Services files a case in against you in court and you cannot afford to pay for a lawyer yourself, then the court must provide you with a free court-appointed lawyer. Keep in mind that you will have to prove that you are not able to pay for a lawyer before a lawyer will be appointed to your case. Many people who are already receiving government benefits like food stamps or Medicaid are likely to qualify for a free court-appointed attorney. If the court has not already appointed an attorney to represent you by the time you go to your first court hearing, you should ask for one there. When you do, the court should reset your hearing to a later date to give you time to meet with your attorney and talk about your case.
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