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I have been told that I have a `Conflict Attorney`, what does that mean?
Public Defenders are licensed attorneys. As such, they are bound by the same rules of ethics, including the rule that you may not represent someone when a conflict of interest arises. Conflicts of interest normally arise when the Washoe County Public Defender`s Office has previously represented a witness in a new case.

In order to accommodate this situation, Washoe County has created the Alternate Public Defender`s Office. Washoe County also has contracted with an outside group of private attorneys in case of conflicts within the APD office. Every case that comes into the Public Defender`s Office is immediately screened for conflicts of interest. Whenever such a conflict is detected, the case file is transferred to the Alternate Public Defender`s Office.