What is a public defender?
A public defender is an attorney licensed by the State Bar of California who is appointed by the court to represent people who are financially unable to afford to hire an attorney.

Public Defender General

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1. What should I do if I am arrested or I believe I am under suspicion in a police investigation?
2. What is a public defender?
3. What kinds of cases does the Office of Public Defender handle?
4. What will it cost to be represented by a public defender?
5. How do I get copies of my police reports?
6. What happens at my first court appearance?
7. Can I get a public defender to represent me in a civil, family law, or immigration case?