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“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.” - U.S. Constitution, Amendment VI – December 15, 1791
Cochise County Legal Defender – Who We Are
The Cochise County Legal Defender Office has been assisting and defending the Accused in Cochise County for over twenty years and was created in order to assist the Cochise County Public Defender in the full representation of those individuals needing and qualifying for appointed assistance of counsel.
With the creation of the Office of Legal Advocate in 2019, there are now three offices to serve the needs of the indigent accused, alleviating conflicts of interest, high volume caseloads and sharing distribution of complicated cases between the three offices.
Like the Public Defender and Office of Legal Advocate, the Cochise County Legal Defender is appointed by the Court to represent indigent persons in need of representation for a wide array of services, including criminal charges, probation matters, juvenile delinquency and dependency matters, as well as mental health commitments, extradition cases, criminal appeals, and post-conviction relief.
Cochise County Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Cochise County Legal Defender to provide effective, high quality, and competent representation for the people we represent here in Cochise County.
Our Attorneys and Administrative Staff are well trained, competent, and committed to respecting the humanity and dignity of our clients and protecting their rights while advocating for the best possible resolution of a case at every step of the proceedings.
Understand Your Rights and Responsibilities
Contact with Law Enforcement
- You have the Right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that Right, say so politely and verbally to Law Enforcement, but then actually remain silent.
- You have the Responsibility to stay calm, be polite, don’t panic, don’t lie, or present false information. When you are courteous, any encounter will be less stressful for you as well as the person with the ability to arrest you and take you to jail.
- You have the Right to refuse your consent of any search of your person, vehicle, or home. If you wish to exercise this Right, say so verbally to Law Enforcement.
- You have the Responsibility to not interfere or obstruct Law Enforcement. If you have not consented to a search, and one is conducted anyway, do not attempt to block or stop them from searching. Your lawyer will sort out the details after the fact; don’t pick up additional charges.
If You are Arrested
- You have the Right to remain silent and should exercise that Right.
- You have the Responsibility to not resist that arrest
- You have the Right to an attorney
- You have the Responsibility to calmly advise Law Enforcement when you exercise any Right
- You have the Right to not sign any statements or make verbal statements to the police without an attorney present.
- Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have Constitutional Rights
Cochise County Superior Court Information - https://www.cochise.az.gov/clerk-superior-court/home
Cochise County Justice Courts - https://www.cochise.az.gov/justice-peace/home
Cochise County Superior Court Calendars - https://www.cochise.az.gov/superior-court-divisions/home
AZ Self-Help Forms - https://www.azcourthelp.org/home/az-forms
AZ Find My Court - https://www.azcourthelp.org/home/find-my-court
AZ Public Case Look-Up - https://apps.supremecourt.az.gov/publicaccess/
Sequence of Events in a Criminal Prosecution - https://www.sc.pima.gov/default.aspx?tabid=188