public defenderpublic defender
an attorney employed at public expense to defend indigent persons accused of crimes
An attorney or office of attorneys employed by the government to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases.
public defender - Legal Definition
An attorney hired by the government for the purpose of defending anyone who is accused of a crime but who is unable to afford to hire an attorney. The right to such a defense is guaranteed by the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.