What is a Public Defender?
Public Defenders are licensed attorneys dedicated to protecting the legal rights of people who cannot afford to hire private counsel. The landmark 1963 Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainright held that individuals facing jail time have a constitutional right to counsel regardless of ability to pay, thus establishing the government’s obligation to fund Public Defenders.

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1. What is a Public Defender?
2. Do Public Defenders work for the District Attorney?
3. How do I apply for the Public Defender?