Public Defender: San Francisco County: Criminal defense
Bay Area Counties Served: San Francisco
The Public Defender represents clients with active criminal cases or warrants in its county, assuming the client cannot afford a private attorney. While your client may not know the name of his/her public defender, and the public defenders can be hard to reach, they are the best suited to assist the client unless the client wants to pay for private counsel.
If the client has questions related to criminal actions, or potential criminal actions, in another County, he/she must contact the public defenders office in that county and/or the federal public defenders for that region.