1. The Right to An attorney.
You have been charged with the criminal offense(s) listed in the (information/citation). You have
the right to be represented by an attorney throughout all proceedings. If the offense is one for which
the Court may impose jail time – even suspended jail time – and you cannot afford an attorney, the
Court will appoint an attorney to represent you. You also have the right to represent yourself. At the
end of this document you will choose how you would like to proceed at this time.
2. If You Cannot Afford an Attorney.
If the charges include the potential for a jail sentence (i.e., any of the charges is a class A, B, or C
misdemeanor or felony charge) and you do not have enough income or assets to hire your own
attorney, the Court will appoint an attorney to represent you, unless you choose to represent yourself.
Let the Court know if you would like to determine whether you qualify for a court-appointed attorney.
If you do not meet the eligibility guidelines to have a court-appointed attorney, you still have the
right to an attorney, but the attorney must then be retained at your own expense.
3. The Right to Represent Yourself.
You also have the constitutional right to represent yourself and to proceed without an attorney.
Before choosing this option, you should consider the following risks and responsibilities associated with
4. Meeting with a Prosecutor.
If a prosecutor seeks to meet with you, including in an effort to resolve
your case(s), before you appear before the Court and further discuss with the judge your right to be
represented by an attorney, you should be aware of the following: you are not required to meet with a
prosecutor, and you have the right to be represented by an attorney at any meeting you wish to have
with a prosecutor; further, you have the right to instead first appear before the judge in Court, where
your right to an attorney will be further addressed and explained by the judge. If you choose to first
meet with a prosecutor, including without an attorney representing you, you should keep in mind that
the prosecutor represents the governmental entity that has brought these charges against you and not
you. If you choose to meet with a prosecutor without an attorney representing you, you have the right
to request an attorney at any later time before a final resolution of the case.