The Box Butte County Public Defender’s Office, located in Alliance, Nebraska, is responsible for representing individuals whom the Court has determined cannot afford to hire an attorney and who are involved in various legal matters. Nebraska Statutes provide that it shall be the duty of the Public Defender to represent all indigent persons who are charged with a felony or misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment. The roles and responsibilities of the Box Butte County Public Defender’s office are to provide legal representation, consultation, and advice to clients and represent clients through criminal investigative proceedings. In addition, create a defense plan, conduct legal investigative research, interview the necessary clients and witnesses, work closely with clients, and discuss relevant information and strategies. The right to counsel guaranteed to every American citizen accused of a crime is embodied in the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution and applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. An integral component of the right to counsel is the right to court-appointed counsel for those unable to hire an attorney. If the Court has assigned a public defender to your case in Box Butte County, please contact the office head for further assistance.