Pottawattamie County Public Defender Office

Find Pottawattamie County Iowa public defender offices. Public defenders provide information on lawyers, attorneys, criminal defense, DUI, DWI, felonies, misdemeanors, legal aid, bail, arraignment, trials and prosecutions.

Iowa State Public Defender 600 S 4th St Council Bluffs IA 51503 712-323-9115

About Pottawattamie County Public Defender Offices

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

You may contact the Public Defender for questions about:
  • Legal representation in Pottawattamie County, Iowa
  • Criminal defense services and assigned counsel
  • Pottawattamie County Legal Aid, Bar Association and Defender Association
  • The 6th Amendment and the Right to Counsel
  • Free legal advice
Pottawattamie County 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 Pottawattamie County, Iowa. The guidelines consist of standards and practices to ensure that Pottawattamie County indigent defense services are independent from interference and that defendants receive timely and quality representation.

Free Legal Services

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

Pottawattamie County 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 Pottawattamie County or Iowa Public Defender's Offices.

Iowa State Public Defender Offices

State Public Defender Offices in Iowa 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. Iowa State Public Defender Offices utilize a combination of staff attorneys, support staff, and appointed private attorneys.

Federal Public Defender

Federal Public Defenders in Pottawattamie County, Iowa 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 Pottawattamie County District Courts. Federal Public Defenders are appointed to four-year terms.