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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.
Finally, public defenders are also sometimes appointed for representation of persons potentially subject to LPS proceedings under the relating to involuntary civil mental health commitments.
The Cost Recovery Department makes a determination as to how much, if any, of the ordered amount the person can afford to pay. This determination is made on a sliding scale based upon the person's financial resources. A payment scheduled may be arranged with the Cost Recovery Department. The Office of the Public Defender is not involved in the determination of, or collection of fees.
•determine financial eligibility•discuss confidentially the client's background•explain the overall procedure•discuss the specifics of the client's case
The interviewing attorney and the attorney at the arraignment will rarely be the attorney who is assigned to the case for logistical reasons, as well as because of the need to bring to bear specialized knowledge of various areas of law.