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A public defender is a lawyer who has passed the bar and who works for the government in criminal defense. They are charged with representing criminal defendants who cannot afford to pay for a private attorney. Public defenders are paid by the government and are staff attorneys of a public defender service. However, while they are paid by the local, state, or federal government, they legally represent the interests of the client they’ve been assigned. If you can’t afford to hire an attorney, they could represent you.

Illinois has a Public Defender Association. The goals of the association are

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