Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Many questions may be addressed when you meet with your Deputy Public Defender. Nonetheless, this page is provided to address some common questions and issues for your convenience.

Disclaimer: This site is meant to provide information of a general nature which you should verify with an attorney before relying upon it. It does not provide legal advice and is not meant to establish an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice you should ALWAYS contact an attorney.

Are Deputy Public Defenders real lawyers?
How do I get a Deputy Public Defender to represent me?
Can I get advice from a Deputy Public Defender before I appear in court?
How do I contact my Deputy Public Defender?
I forgot the name of my Deputy Public Defender. How can I find out who is representing me?
I forgot where my court is located. How can I find out where I'm supposed to appear?
I can't afford a lawyer! Will I have to pay to be represented by the Public Defender's Office?
How much can I earn and still be eligible for the services of a Deputy Public Defender?
What if the Public Defender cannot represent me?
Are all "appointed attorneys" employees of the Public Defender's Office?
What happens when someone is charged with a felony?
What happens when someone is charged with a misdemeanor?
Will the Public Defender represent me if I am a resident of another state?
Will the Public Defender's Office represent me if I am a citizen of another country?
Will the Public Defender's Office represent me in an extradition hearing?
My English is limited. How can I get an interpreter to assist me or my witnesses?
Who is eligible for drug treatment within the criminal justice system under Proposition 36?
I have heard about the success of Drug Treatment courts. How do they differ from regular criminal courts?
What happens when someone under the age of 18 is charged with a crime?
My child, who is under 18, has been arrested and needs drug treatment, mental health treatment, or specialized education. Can the Public Defender help?
Will the Public Defender's Office represent me in the appellate courts?
Will the Public Defender represent me in a habeas corpus proceeding?
I want to hire a private detective to talk to witnesses in my case, but I cannot afford to do so. Does the Public Defender's Office have access to any police officers or investigators who can look for evidence that will help me?
I know my attorney can't repeat anything I say to him in confidence. But how can I be sure that what I say to a Public Defender investigator or paralegal will be kept confidential?
I want to sue the Police Department. Will the Public Defender represent me?
I like a certain Deputy Public Defender, can I pick who represents me?
I don’t like my Deputy Public Defender. How do I get a new one?
I was treated unfairly by the judge in my case, and I want to sue the court. Will the Public Defender's Office represent me?
I was treated unfairly in court and I want to sue the jury. Will the Public Defender's Office represent me?
I am the victim of a crime. Will the Public Defender represent me?
I need a lawyer to help me in a civil case (like divorce, landlord/tenant dispute, debt payment, bankruptcy, child custody, personal injury action). Does the Public Defender handle that type of case?
How do I get a certificate of rehabilitation?
What if I have a question not answered here?