I answered a bunch of questions when interviewed in the jail after I was arrested, and I filled out an application for an appointed lawyer. Will anyone check up on that information I provided?
Depending on the resources of the court, your application might be checked. To protect the limited funds available for court-appointed lawyers, judges sometimes order audits on the accuracy of defendants’ financial eligibility questionnaires. Because these documents must be filled out under oath, defendants who make materially false claims (that is, claims that are important, not just small mistakes or typos) can be prosecuted for perjury. However, such prosecutions are extremely rare. More likely, the consequence will be that the court will revoke the appointment of the lawyer and require the defendant to reimburse the government for legal services already rendered.
by: Paul Bergman
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Getting a Lawyer for your Criminal Case
Steps in a Criminal Defense Case
Arraignment: Your First Court Appearance
Plea Bargains (Deals) in a Criminal Case
Legal Elements of Common Crimes
Expungement & Criminal Records
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