you are charged with an offence that could be punished with a prison term of 6 months or more
you are appealing your conviction or sentence for 1 of these offences
you are appearing before the parole board (in some cases).
Legal aid is less likely to be available for minor charges as a duty lawyer can help you with these matters. However, legal aid may be available for these cases if you face a special barrier of disability, such as difficulties with reading or writing, or mental illness.