Wildflowers bloom in the Sierra Nevada
Wildflowers bloom in the Sierra Nevada

Do Public Defenders have the same obligations as private attorneys?
Yes and No. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys and have almost all of the same obligations of private attorneys. Because the services of the Public Defender are offered only in certain circumstances, Public Defenders do not maintain private trust accounts for legal fees and are exempt from certain other requirements regarding the safe-keeping of client assets. Otherwise, Public Defenders must act and perform in the same manner as private attorneys.