How do I get a court-appointed lawyer?
The Prosecutor plays no role in whether you get a an appointed attorney. Generally at your arraignment you will have a chance to meet a with a Public Defender from the Shiawassee County Public Defender's office who will make a determination if you qualify for their services. If you do, the Public Defender, with your permission, will ask the arraigning judge or magistrate to appoint the Public Defender's office to represent you.
A Public Defender is not necessarily a "free" lawyer. You may still be required repay the County for some portion of your attorney's representation.
If you have questions about appointed counsel before your arraignment, please contact the Shiawassee County Public Defender's Office .