Indigent Defense

Court Appointed Lawyers

Under Texas Law, persons charged with a misdemeanor punishable by jail time and any felony may be eligible for a court appointed attorney. According to the Taylor County Indigent Defense Plan, a person is usually eligible for a court appointed attorney if their family income does not exceed 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and the value of their property (other than their homestead) does not exceed $2500. Other factors may also be considered.

Though some indigency determinations are made by judges, most determinations are made by the indigent defense coordinator.


To apply for a court appointed attorney, submit in person an affidavit of indigence to the Indigent Defense Coordinator. Affidavits of indigence may also be submitted to the magistrate at the Taylor County Jail as a part of the Magistrate’s Warning process. If an applicant meets the indigency criteria in the Indigent Defense Plan, an attorney will be appointed to represent them.