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governmental official who represents indigent persons accused of crime. U.S. Supreme Court decisions expanding the right to counsel to pretrial proceedings and holding that a person cannot be sentenced to even one day in jail unless a lawyer was provided have created a need for more lawyers to represent the indigent. Proponents of the public defender office claim that it is the most efficient and effective method of protecting the indigent. Other systems include court-appointed counsel from the local bar, clinics operated by law schools, and legal aid societies. The societies are privately funded and offer civil and criminal representation.
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Public defenders are in a unique position to put pressure on legislators.
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(State attorney and public defender elections for the First through the 19th circuits are held in presidential election years; elections for those offices in the 20th Circuit are held during non-presidential general election years.)
Empirical studies find that defendants represented by public defenders are not more likely to be convicted than those who retain private counsel.
Most of those entities won dismissals, so the only remaining defendants now belong to the Public Defender System.
Federal Public Defender for the district of Arizona
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Outside teaching, LaVigne is a member of the National Criminal Defense College and the Wisconsin Public Defender Trial Skills Academy and has regularly taken part in the Ask a Lawyer prison program, started by a university alumnus.
Public defenders 35 percent of whom are part-timers are the most frequent users of Minnesota's court system.
Advocates also say that better public defenders could speed cases toward a conclusion, meaning unrepresented people who can't pay bail wouldn't sit in jail for months or even years.
Natalia Oakes, a lawyer running as a Democrat against Devlin in Tuesday's election and who earned about $140,000 from 118 juvenile case appointments and 39 family court appointments last year in Harris County, called the county's public defenders "hard-working" lawyers.