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Public Defender

Public Defender

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In the United States, a public defender is a lawyer appointed to represent people who cannot afford to hire an attorney. The 1963 US Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright held that the Sixth Amendment's right to counsel provision requires the government to provide legal counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases. Different jurisdictions, however, use different approaches in providing legal counsel for criminal defendants who can't afford private attorneys. Under the federal system and some states is through a publicly funded public defender office.


Contact Information:                 

Phone:    501-303-5688
Fax:        501-303-5687

Address: Saline County Public Defender     
 22nd Judicial District
                  321 N. Main Street
                   Benton, AR 72015