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pub·lic de·fend·er

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  1. public defendernoun

    a lawyer who represents indigent defendants at public expense


  1. public defender

    A public defender is a lawyer appointed by a court to provide legal representation to a defendant who is unable to afford a private attorney. These defenders are employed by the state or federal government and they work on cases ranging from minor crimes to serious felonies.


  1. Public Defender

    The term public defender is primarily used to refer to a lawyer appointed to represent people who cannot afford to hire an attorney in the United States and Brazil. It is also a literal translation of the Spanish-language term abogado de oficio, which usually refers to an ombudsman office, and is the English-language title of the Jamaican ombudsman. Brazil is the only country where an office of government-paid lawyers, with the specific purpose of providing legal assistance and representation to the destitute, free of charge, is established in the Constitution, although the 1963 US Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright ruled that the Sixth Amendment of the Bill of Rights requires the government to provide free legal counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of public defender in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of public defender in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of public defender in a Sentence

  1. Judge Mindy Glazer:

    Ma’am, you were arrested for burglary with an assault or battery, strong armed robbery with an aggravated battery and child abuse. I will appoint the public defender’s office for you.

  2. Carissa Byrne Hessick:

    If the Carissa Byrne Hessick attorney's office wanted to come in and file a motion to say that the economic circumstances of these people have changed so that they should no longer get a public defender, I think that the court would take that seriously, it's the same as if someone has a public defender and suddenly won the lottery.

  3. Karen Porter:

    The Office of the State Public Defender is an agency of the judicial branch of Colorado state government [and] the judicial branch of Colorado state government is not subject to the Colorado Open Records Act.

  4. Correctional Facility inmate Dixon:

    The court had to assign me a public defender and the public defender had in his possession the confession, the videotaped confession of Lamar Scott, the eight eyewitnesses' statements, and one of the victims that survived, critically wounded victim, [ who ] told them from his hospital bed that I didn't shoot him, none of these witnesses made it to court. My attorney did not call one single witness. He didn't even give an opening statement to the jury. And all of this evidence existed before trial started.

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