Legal aid programs are nonprofit law offices that provide legal assistance to low-income people on civil legal matters. Civil legal issues are between individuals and companies, lenders, landlords, creditors or the local, state or federal government.
Legal aid programs do not provide legal assistance in pending criminal cases. Pending criminal cases are handled by the public defender office in your county or a court-appointed counsel system. Public defenders are government funded law offices that provide legal assistance to low-income people who have been charged with a crime. Legal Aid can help people that have been convicted of crimes to seal their criminal records, apply for Certificates of Qualification for Employment and deal with fines, fees, and costs associated with criminal justice involvement.