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Call the Sarpy County Public Defender’s Office at 402-593-5933 to speak to a receptionist, who will then connect you with your attorney or help you to set up an appointment with them.
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A Public Defender may be appointed by a Judge during an individual’s first Court appearance, or bond setting.
Yes! A Public Defender is a licensed attorney who has graduated law school and passed the state’s bar exam. The only difference is that private counsel is paid for by the client, and a public defender is paid for by county taxpayers.
At times, there are cases where there may be more than one defendant, or where the Public Defender’s office already represents another party to a case. An attorney cannot represent more than one party to a case, regardless of whether the individual is the defendant or a witness. This is referred to as a ‘conflict’. When this occurs, the Courts may appoint an alternate public defender to represent the defendant. An alternate public defender is an attorney who is contracted by the county to take cases that the Public Defender’s Office cannot.
If the Public Defender has been appointed to represent you, you may call 402-593-5933 and we will be happy to help you. If you have not yet been appointed, please call the County Court Clerk at 402-593-5775.