Under United States law, everyone has a right to legal representation. However, not everyone can afford the service of an attorney. If you have been accused of a crime and need legal assistance, you may qualify for legal aid in Michigan.
A legal aid attorney is a qualified lawyer who is paid by the state to represent people in a court of law who cannot represent themselves. The attorney will visit clients in prison, interview them and review police evidence. They will handle all court filings and documents needed for the trial.
If you have been accused of a crime or arrested, you will likely be asked by the police if you can afford to call an attorney. If you cannot, a legal aid lawyer will be assigned to your case. You should expect that this lawyer will represent you the same as a private attorney.