EXAMINATION OF CASE AND DISCHARGE OR COMMITMENT OF ACCUSED
19-852. Right to counsel of indigent person — Representation at all stages of criminal and commitment proceedings — Payment. (1) An indigent person who is being detained by a law enforcement officer, who is confined or is the subject of hospitalization proceedings pursuant to section 18-212, 66-322, 66-326, 66-329, 66-404 or 66-406, Idaho Code, or who is under formal charge of having committed, or is being detained under a conviction of, a serious crime, is entitled:
(a) To be represented by an attorney to the same extent as a person having his own counsel is so entitled; and
(b) To be provided with the necessary services and facilities of representation including investigation and other preparation. The attorney, services and facilities and the court costs shall be provided at public expense to the extent that the person is, at the time the court determines indigency pursuant to section 19-854, Idaho Code, unable to provide for their payment.
(2) An indigent person who is entitled to be represented by an attorney under subsection (1) of this section is entitled:
(a) To be counseled and defended at all stages of the matter beginning with the earliest time when a person providing his own counsel would be entitled to be represented by an attorney and including revocation of probation;
(b) To be represented in any appeal;
(c) To be represented in any other post-conviction or post-commitment proceeding that the attorney or the indigent person considers appropriate, unless the court in which the proceeding is brought determines that it is not a proceeding that a reasonable person with adequate means would be willing to bring at his own expense and is therefore a frivolous proceeding.
(3) An indigent person’s right to a benefit under subsection (1) or (2) of this section is unaffected by his having provided a similar benefit at his own expense, or by his having waived it, at an earlier stage.
[19-852, added 1967, ch. 181, sec. 2, p. 599; am. 1969 (2nd E.S.), ch. 10, sec. 2, p. 20; am. 1981, ch. 114, sec. 3, p. 171; am. 1982, ch. 59, sec. 3, p. 92; am. 2013, ch. 220, sec. 2, p. 516.]