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What happens to the information I give the Public Defender's office?
All information which you give to our staff while you are our client is completely confidential. When you speak to one of our attorneys, investigators, or any other staff member you are fully protected by the attorney-client relationship and only under very extreme circumstances can we give out any information you give us. In most circumstances we can never release any information you give us unless you consent specifically to its release.

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1. What are my rights if I've been arrested/charged with a crime?
2. Who can get advice from the Law Offices of the Public Defender?
3. Are Public Defenders real attorneys?
4. What do Public Defender's do?
5. How do I get a Public Defender?
6. Are all "appointed attorneys" employees of the law offices of the Public Defender?
7. If my ability to speak, read, or understand English is limited can you still help me?
8. What type of support staff does the Public Defender employ in the defense of its clients?
9. How does a criminal case get started?
10. What happens to the information I give the Public Defender's office?
11. What's going to happen to me in court?
12. Someone called the police about me and now they want to drop the charges, why are the police and the prosecutor charging me?
13. What is a felony charge?
14. What is a misdemeanor charge?
15. Can I expunge my case?