Public Defender

Mission Statement


To ensure that every client is given effective assistance of counsel as mandated by the 6th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. To protect and defend the rights of our indigent clients accused of crimes, through effective, vigorous, compassionate, and creative legal advocacy. To provide a more holistic approach to representation, one that focuses on programs to help clients succeed well beyond the disposition of the criminal case.
 
 We aspire to provide the highest level of legal advocacy for each of our clients, and to be a nationwide model for the delivery of indigent defense services.
 
 In addition to advocating for clients in the courtroom in criminal cases, the office also:
 
 ● Steers clients to treatment in specialty court, including Veterans Court, and other collaborative courts;
 ● Works to clear people’s records so they can seek employment;
 ● Advocates for changes in laws and policies to make the criminal legal system more fair and equitable, and address racial injustice


Lake Indigent Defense (LID)

Link to website: https://www.defend.biz/lid/

Details about LID and County of Lake Public Defender