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Frequently Asked Questions
Fayette County > Public Defender
      Q . How do I go about getting a public defender to represent me?
      A. Once you have been arrested or received your criminal complaint in
          the mail, you must come and apply IN PERSON for legal services.
      Q. What documents do I need to bring with me when applying for a
             public defender?
      A. Always bring your criminal complaint, verification of income
          and photo identification.
      Q. What if the person seeking representation is
             currently incarcerated?
      A. The public defender's office has a full-time
          investigator that makes daily visits to the prison and
          will assist the inmate with the application.
      Q. What should I do if I don't meet the guidelines for
            a public defender?
      A. Since the services of the public defender are limited to those
          who cannot afford legal representation, it is recommended that
          you contact the Fayette County Lawyer Referral System
          at 1-800-692-7375.