What is the job of a public defender?

Answer A public defender is a lawyer assigned by the government to represent people who cannot afford their own lawyer. Public defenders are used at all court levels and are a right guaranteed to all peop... Read More »

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Public Defender Act?

First made effective on Jan. 1, 1969, the Public Defender Act is not only designed to protect those who can't afford legal counsel but also to provide guidelines for public defenders, according to ... Read More »

How do I dismiss my public defender?

Dismissing your public defender does not require much: just make a request to the court. But such issues as when you decide to fire your court-appointed attorney and who will step in to represent y... Read More »

Who appoints the public defender?

A public defender is a licensed attorney assigned to represent people charged with a crime who want legal representation, but cannot afford to hire a private attorney. Appointments vary by circuit.... Read More »

Who is eligible for a public defender?

Most states have income guidelines dictating which criminal defendants qualify for representation by a public defender. Often, this involves having income less than a given percentage of the federa... Read More »