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Title XXXVIII CRIMES AND PUNISHMENT; PEACE OFFICERS AND PUBLIC DEFENDERS

Chapter 600

Effective - 28 Aug 1993 bottom

  600.086.  Eligibility for representation, rules to establish — indigency, how determined, procedure, appeal — false statements, penalty — investigation authorized. — 1.  A person shall be considered eligible for representation under sections 600.011 to 600.048 and 600.086 to 600.096 when it appears from all the circumstances of the case including his ability to make bond, his income and the number of persons dependent on him for support that the person does not have the means at his disposal or available to him to obtain counsel in his behalf and is indigent as hereafter determined.

  2.  Within the parameters set by subsection 1 of this section, the commission may establish and enforce such further rules for courts and defenders in determining indigency as may be necessary.

  3.  The determination of indigency of any person seeking the services of the state public defender system shall be made by the defender or anyone serving under him at any stage of the proceedings.  Upon motion by either party, the court in which the case is pending shall have authority to determine whether the services of the public defender may be utilized by the defendant.  Upon the courts finding that the defendant is not indigent, the public defender shall no longer represent the defendant.  Any such person claiming indigency shall file with the court an affidavit which shall contain the factual information required by the commission under rules which may be established by the commission in determining indigency.

  4.  Any person who intentionally falsifies such affidavit in order to obtain state public defender system services shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

  5.  The director or anyone serving under him may institute an investigation into the financial status of any person seeking the services of the state public defender system at such times as the circumstances shall warrant.  In connection therewith he shall have the authority to require any person seeking the services of the state public defender system or the parents, guardians or other persons responsible for the support of a person seeking the services of the state public defender system who is a minor or those persons holding property in trust or otherwise for such person to execute and deliver such written authorization as may be necessary to provide the director or anyone serving under him with access to records of public or private sources, otherwise confidential, or any other information which may be relevant to the making of a decision as to eligibility under this chapter.  The director, chief deputy director, each public defender and each assistant and deputy public defender or designee are authorized to obtain information from any office of the state or any subdivision, or agency thereof or political subdivision on request and without payment of any fees.  Any office of the state or any subdivision, or agency thereof or political subdivision from which the director, chief deputy director, public defender and each assistant and deputy public defender or designee requests information pursuant to this section shall supply such information, without payment of any fees.

  6.  The burden shall lie on the accused or the defendant to convince the defender or the court of his eligibility to receive legal services, in any conference, hearing or question thereon.

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(L. 1976 H.B. 1095 § 600.052, A.L. 1982 H.B. 1169, A.L. 1993 S.B. 180)


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