What decisions do I make for my case?
The client always gets to decide:
- Whether to go to trial or to take a plea agreement
- Whether or not to testify
- Whether or not to appeal after being convicted at trial

The lawyer is responsible for making strategic decisions, such as:
- Which motions to file
- Whether to object in court
- Which witnesses to call

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1. What does the Public Defender's Office do? Who established it?
2. What is a Public Defender?
3. How do I get a Public Defender?
4. How can I best assist my attorney once I have one?
5. What decisions do I make for my case?
6. How and when can I contact the Office of the Public Defender?
7. Why do I have to be careful about who I talk to, and what I discuss with them?