How do I get a Public Defender?
Before a public defender can represent an individual, the court must determine that the person cannot afford to hire an attorney. Once that determination is made, the court must appoint a public defender to the case.

If a conflict of interest exists that prevents the Public Defender’s Office from representing you or if the Office has reached its maximum caseload, the court may appoint the Legal Defender’s Office, the Office of the Legal Advocate, or an attorney from the Office of Public Defense Services to represent you.

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1. What does the Public Defender's Office do? Who established it?
2. What is a Public Defender?
3. How do I get a Public Defender?
4. How can I best assist my attorney once I have one?
5. What decisions do I make for my case?
6. How and when can I contact the Office of the Public Defender?
7. Why do I have to be careful about who I talk to, and what I discuss with them?