What if I cannot afford a defense lawyer?
If you are charged with a crime and need a lawyer but cannot afford one, there are some options to find one. If you are charged with a criminal offense higher than a class C misdemeanor, you are entitled to representation by a court-appointed lawyer, according to Texas law. In other circumstances if you cannot afford a defense lawyer, there are a few resources available to help you. Based on financial need, legal aid services may be able to provide you with a lawyer. Many organizations may also be able to assist you with finding a pro bono lawyer. Texas Lawyer Referral Service may also be able to help you find a lawyer at a reduced cost. Here is a referral directory provided by the Texas Bar Association for low-income Texans, listed by county.