Who is entitled to a public defender?
A defendant is entitled to be represented by the public defender when:

- The charge presents a risk of the defendant going to jail, losing driving privileges, or receiving a substantial fine, and

- The court determines that the defendant is unable to afford an attorney

The defendant will be required to complete an application form that can be obtained from the court. The judge will review the application and based on eligibility guidelines established, decide if the defendant qualifies for a public defender. If the town has established an ordinance, a fee of up to $200 may be imposed on the defendant for services of the public defender. Hopewell Township has adopted such an ordinance.

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1. What is the Municipal Court?
2. What type of cases are heard in Municipal Court?
3. When is a court appearance required?
4. How do I enter a Not Guilty Plea?
5. What happens on your day in court?
6. In what order are cases called?
7. What are "indictable charges"?
8. What happens at an "arraignment" or "first appearance"?
9. Who are the people involved in court?
10. Who is entitled to a public defender?
11. What is a Plea Agreement?
12. What happens during a trial?
13. What are the possible penalties?
14. What is mediation?
15. What is a Conditional Discharge?
16. How can I appeal my case?