The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is a department of Grant County. Even though we are a county entity, because of our obligations and ethical rules, we operate as if we are an independent law firm.
The DPD provides constitutionally guaranteed legal services to those who cannot afford an attorney. The delivery of those services are provided in the following ways:
Through staff attorneys who work directly for the DPD;
Through agreements with individual attorneys who are exclusively dedicated to public defense services;
Through agreements with individual attorneys who are engaged in the private practice of law and perform defense services as part of their practice.