Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization


  • Oversight

    No oversight

Wyoming provides counsel to indigent youth statewide through the Office of the State Public Defender. Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Wyoming state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

A parent, guardian, or juvenile can waive the right to counsel as long as the court finds that the person has full awareness of his or her rights and the consequences of the waiver.

  • Restrictions on waivers
  • No restrictions
  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.
  • Age

    Under 0

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Wyoming, an attorney for a juvenile can be appointed at the following points in the process: Detention Hearing / First Court Appearance / Arraignment; Once a Petition is Filed / Hearing on the Petition; All Stages of Proceedings / All Critical States of Proceedings.

  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.

Indigency requirements, 2013

Indigency determination: Judicially

In Wyoming, this topic is governed by juvenile statutes, juvenile court rules and adult statutes. These laws provide procedures to determine indigency. Indigency is judicially determined. Court can / must appoint attorney for juvenile if non-indigent parent refuses to pay for juvenile's attorney.

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Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.

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