Office of the Colorado State Public Defender
Answering Gideon’s Call For Four Decades
“The right of one charged with crime to counsel may not be deemed fundamental and essential to fair trials in some countries, but it is in ours.“
–Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963)
The single overriding role of the Office of the State Public Defender is to fulfill requirements outlined in the United States and Colorado Constitutions as well as in Colorado Statutes, which establish the right to a level of criminal defense counsel services for indigent individuals charged with the commission of a crime in Colorado that is commensurate with the level of services available to those that are not indigent.