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Apply for a public defender in Colorado with our step-by-step guide. Learn about eligibility criteria, required documentation, office locations, and alternatives if you don’t qualify. Get legal assistance for criminal charges when you can’t afford a lawyer.


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  • To Contact Your Public Defender
  • To get copies or information from your case file
  • For concerns, questions, or complaints related to a specific case.

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  • Media requests regarding specific cases
  • Non-case-related media inquiries

Administrative Records Request

Office of the State Public Defender Policies and Procedures for Public Access to Administrative Records

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The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender (OSPD) prides itself on hiring client-centered employees who are dedicated to fighting for the dignity and legal rights of people who are accused of crimes.

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We offer internship opportunities to prelaw, current law students, paralegal students, undergraduates, and social work candidates.

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State Administrative Office

This office manages all central business administrative functions needed for the efficient operation of the Regional Trail and Appellate offices.