No. Normally, when the State accuses you of committing a crime, you have a right to a free court-appointed attorney if you cannot afford a lawyer. Because the property is named as the defendant in the lawsuit, you do not have that right in a forfeiture case.
Fortunately, even though you don’t have the right to a free, court-appointed attorney, there may be free or low-cost options available to help defend against forfeiture.
- Lone Star Legal Aid
- Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
- Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
- Houston Volunteer Lawyers Association
- Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
Unfortunately, each of these organizations has limited capacity, and in some cases, no free legal resources may be available.