New Louisiana law requires counsel for fines/fees cases

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06/21/2017, Legislation, Incarceration for Fees/Fines (incomplete)

Louisiana HB 249, signed by the Governor last week, amends the law relating to the collection of legal financial obligations.  Among other things (including how such obligations are imposed in the first place, the bill added La. C.Cr.P. Art. 895.5(C)(2)(d) to provide a right to appointed counsel when an indigent defendant is held in contempt for failure to comply with a court-imposed payment plan.  

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no