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Applying for a Public Defender:

The Westminster Municipal Court may appoint a public defender to represent indigent defendants upon request and in cases where jail time may be imposed as part of the sentencing. Indigency is determined by the Court based on the evaluation of household income and size, and assets and expenses. A $25 Application Fee may be assessed. 

You may apply for a public defender at your arraignment (the very first court appearance) or at any other stage of the proceedings, including sentencing and appeal. 

Once the public defender is appointed it is your responsibility to appear at all court dates as ordered and to keep the public defender advised of any changes in your address and phone number. 

The public defenders can be reached at 303-658-2343.  Please do not contact the Public Defender's Office unless you have appeared in court and a public defender has been appointed to represent you.