Are Public Defenders real lawyers?

Definitely! All public defenders are members of the Idaho State Bar and are licensed to practice law in the state of Idaho. In order to be an attorney in the Kootenai County Public Defender’s office, applicants must go through a rigorous interview process to ensure that the person has the ability, knowledge, and commitment to practice criminal defense law. Public defenders throughout the state of Idaho must adhere to standards created by the Idaho Public Defense Commission, which are higher than privately retained attorneys.

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1. How do I apply for an attorney?
2. Will the Public Defender represent me in a civil case?
3. What are the charges for which I can be represented by a Kootenai County Public Defender?
4. Can I speak to a Public Defender if I have not been appointed by the Court?
5. Are Public Defenders real lawyers?
6. Does the Office of the Public Defender have Investigators?
7. Your Rights
8. Who is my assigned attorney?
9. When is my hearing?
10. What should I do if a friend/family member has been arrested?
11. Can I speak with my friend/family member’s Public Defender?
12. When will a Judge set bail?