What are public defenders’ roles?

Public defenders are lawyers who defend those who cannot afford legal services. The Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright established the right to a lawyer for those accused of a crime. Public defenders help clients prepare for trial and provide legal advice, but heavy caseloads can limit their effectiveness. Private criminal lawyers may have more […]

Fed. Public Defender’s role?

A federal public defender represents those accused of federal crimes who cannot afford an attorney. While most crimes are based on state laws, there are some uniquely federal crimes. The defender must be familiar with federal rules and admitted to practice in federal court. They negotiate settlements or defend clients in court by examining evidence […]

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