What should I do if I am arrested or I believe I am under suspicion in a police investigation?
You should either telephone our office or come into one of our offices to speak with an attorney before you speak to the police or anyone else. Consultation with an attorney is always the most prudent step. Most police officers or investigators will understand and must respect your desire to first speak with an attorney.

Any consultation with an attorney from the Office of Public Defender will be completely confidential. Telephone calls from any local jail are free and collect calls regarding matters pending in Contra Costa County will be accepted.

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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?