Simple Definition of public defender
: a lawyer who is paid by the government to defend people who are accused of a crime and are unable to pay for a private lawyer
Full Definition of public defender
: a lawyer usually holding public office whose duty is to defend accused persons unable to pay for legal assistance
First Known Use of public defender
Legal Definition of public defender
: a lawyer usu. holding public office who represents criminal defendants unable to pay for legal assistance
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