Durango Public Defender Office

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Durango Public Defender 175 Mercado Street Durango CO 81301 970-247-9284

About Durango Public Defender Offices

The Durango Public Defender Office provide legal representation to defendants who face incarceration and cannot afford an attorney in Durango, CO. The U.S. Constitution guarantees individuals the right to have an attorney, regardless of financial means. The Durango Public Defender ensures the right to legal representation.

You may contact the Public Defender for questions about:
  • Legal representation in Durango, Colorado
  • Criminal defense services and assigned counsel
  • Durango Legal Aid, Bar Association and Defender Association
  • The 6th Amendment and the Right to Counsel
  • Free legal advice
Durango Legal Representation

The American Bar Association, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and several other professional organizations have established professional guidelines for indigent defense services in Durango, Colorado. The guidelines consist of standards and practices to ensure that Durango indigent defense services are independent from interference and that defendants receive timely and quality representation.

Free Legal Services

In addition to representing indigent defendants, Public Attorney Offices may also provide legal services to juveniles in juvenile delinquency proceedings. In addition, Public Defenders in Durango commonly represent individuals involved in mental health proceedings, conservatorship proceedings, or whose mental capacity is challenged.

Durango Public Defenders

Local Public Defense Offices generally serve individuals who are charged with a crime against municipal ordinances or misdemeanors, while felonies are referred to the or Colorado Public Defender's Offices.

Colorado State Public Defender Offices

State Public Defender Offices in Colorado are led by the Public Defender Commission. Their offices are established as independent agencies in order to allow them to operate with minimal influence from other agencies, though many states also have Public Defender Commissions that direct policy. Colorado State Public Defender Offices utilize a combination of staff attorneys, support staff, and appointed private attorneys.

Federal Public Defender

Federal Public Defenders in Durango, Colorado are organized by U.S. Districts under the judicial branch of government. However, Chief Federal Public Defenders are appointed by the court of appeals rather than by the U.S. Districts. This is intended to provide the Federal Public Defender with some insulation from the Durango District Courts. Federal Public Defenders are appointed to four-year terms.