Everyone has the right to have an attorney present at their first hearing regardless of their financial status.
Before their first hearing, all people are interviewed to determine whether they are eligible for a court-appointed counsel. People who are detained before their first hearing are interviewed in the holding cell. This interview consists of basic questions, including employment status, marital status, number of dependents, property owned, and the existence of debts and liquid assets. If the person is eligible, they will be appointed counsel prior to their first hearing.
The financial interview will determine how much court-appointed counsel will cost, if at all. Frequently, court-appointed counsel will be free of charge to the defendant or respondent. Occasionally, a person will be required to contribute a portion of their income to compensate for the services of their court-appointed counsel.