Anaheim, CA asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: can court appoint you a new a public defender every time i go to court is that Regal

and and how do I get a public defender to defend me and stay with me through the whole Court trial

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Andy Chen
Andy Chen
  • Modesto, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: I don't know how Orange County does it, but in Northern California counties, I've never seen a defendant always have the same public defender at each court hearing unless the case is super complicated. For cases that are fairly routine -- I would put most misdemeanors in that category -- a defendant is represented by the Public Defender's office as a whole and not a specific public defender. When that defendant shows up in court for hearings, a lawyer from the public defender's office will be there, but there's no guarantee it will be the same one each time. I assume this is due to scheduling and budget difficulties, but I've never been a public defender.

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