Frank Sellers Challenges Indigent Defense System

If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, one will be appointed to represent you. That’s called an indigent defense attorney.

Sellers said the contracted indigent defense attorney in the 106th Judicial District is assigned too many cases, preventing him from providing effective assistance of counsel as defined by bar guidelines and case law. Sellers is now representing Victor Vargas after he said Vargas’ court appointed attorney, Artie Aguilar, allegedly dropped the ball.

“What drew me to Victor was he said, ‘I had no choice,'” Sellers said.