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Why must I provide my income in order for my 18 year old to get a public defender?

Question Details: My 18 year old son was arrested with possession with intent to deliver an illegal substance. He was released from jail on unsecured bail. He had been staying here and there and moved in with me his mother to get back on track. He has no job. I had to provide my income to the public defender which according to their guidelines may be too much. How is that possible? He was the one charged as an adult and has no job. I only provide food, bed and shower for him. What if he was staying with a friend and not a family member. I am not responsible for his legal bills. He literally cannot afford an attorney, so why should he be denied?

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