The majority of individuals who are arrested in Florida are represented by the Public Defender’s Office. Due to an office that is frequently understaffed, underfunded, and overburdened, clients are often unable to receive the attention they need to mount a proper defense.
Those not represented by the Public Defender must pay thousands of dollars for a private attorney.
The Florida Justice Center is the only nonprofit legal aid organization that provides free legal representation with low case loads, case management, and behavioral health counseling to help justice-involved people not only avoid conviction, but to have a better life and stay out of the system in the future.
South Florida Arrests in 2018
We serve low-income individuals who have been arrested in Florida.
We help those that cannot afford an attorney find one that can devote the time and attention needed to be successfully defended.
We ensure that attorneys have the time to meet with clients prior to offering them cases.
We are a legal aid organization. We match attorneys with those in need of criminal defense services.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It’s 100% free.
- Arrested in Florida
- Declared, or able to be declared, indigent by the Clerk of Court
- No prior convictions or military veteran or social justice advocate involved in a protest.
- Committed to building a better life