Navajo County

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Navajo County Public Defender

A Message from the Public Defender

Welcome to the Navajo County Public Defender website. Our principal offices are located in the Navajo County Governmental Complex 2 miles south of Holbrook, Arizona. Additionally, we have offices in most of the Justice Courts of the six precincts in Navajo County. We hope you find the information provided helpful. When we are court-appointed as your counsel, you will receive a letter at the address you provided at your initial appearance advising that a lawyer has been assigned to you, your next court appointment, and some instructions. Please read the letter carefully. If you are incarcerated, your lawyer will contact you after disclosure has been received from the prosecutor.

Department Description

The Public Defender represents indigent defendants charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes. The United States Constitution guarantees the right to counsel in all criminal prosecutions. All fifty States have incorporated that constitutional right through the Fourteenth Amendment. Our office is staffed by six lawyers, one investigator, and four support staff. We handle cases in the justice courts of Holbrook, Kayenta, Winslow, Snowflake, Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, and Navajo County Superior Court. Additionally, we handle juvenile matters, mental health proceedings, extraditions and proceedings in Drug Court, Mental Health Court and Domestic Violence Courts.

Mission Statement

Our office is dedicated to protecting the fundamental rights of indigent defendants by providing superior legal representation in criminal cases. Collectively, our lawyers have more than 100 years of experience in the practice of law. Our mission includes a genuine commitment to your defense, and education as to your rights and the criminal justice process. As your advocate, we zealously guard your confidences, thoroughly investigate the facts of your case, review evidence, and consider all possible defenses. We will confer with you throughout the representation, and you will receive copies of all documents received by our office pertaining to your case. Through mutual collaboration, we will work together toward the best possible disposition of your case.

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