Eligibility Requirements

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Eligibility Requirements for Representation:
  • Must be a Fort Bend County case of criminal Misdemeanor or Felony;
  • Defendant/Client must be defined as “indigent” according to the county-standard definitions
  • Must have at least one major priority population diagnosis including schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, or major depression; or mental disability (mental retardation);
  • The Mental Health Public Defender's Office or other attorney must be appointed by the Court to represent the defendant/client.