20th Judicial District Public Defenders Office in Clinton Louisiana

20th Judicial District Public Defenders Office, a Public Defender, in Clinton, LA 70722, address and phone number. Public defenders who provide information on lawyers, attorneys, criminal defense, DUI, DWI, felonies, misdemeanors, legal aid, bail, arraignment, trials and prosecutions.


Name
20th Judicial District Public Defenders Office
Address
9414 Louisiana 67, Clinton, Louisiana, 70722
Phone
225-683-3620
Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

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What is a Public Defender?

A public defender is an attorney who is paid by the government to defend a person who cannot afford to hire an attorney in a criminal case. If a person is charged with a criminal offense, he or she has the right to legal representation. Public defenders are appointed by the court clerk's office. Charges for which the government appoints a public defender include serious misdemeanors or felonies such as DUIs or DWIs, thefts, assaults, drug charges, and any other serious offense for which the charged individual might receive a significant sentence of incarceration.

Public defenders provide representation during a criminal arraignment, bail hearings and other pretrial court appearances, trials and post-conviction appeals. This type of attorney also helps a criminal defendant negotiate an appropriate plea agreement if that defendant wishes to accept responsibility and avoid trial.