The Public Defender’s Office of Chippewa County is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. With one Chief Public Defender, one Deputy Public Defender, and one Assistant Public Defender, the Office provides representation for adult criminal defense only. If you are charged with a crime in Chippewa County, you will come to the 91st District Court for your arraignment. An arraignment is where you are formally accused of the crimes. The roles and responsibilities of the Public Defender’s Office are: providing legal representation, consultation, and advice to clients, representing clients through criminal investigative proceedings, creating a defense plan, doing legal investigative research, interviewing the necessary clients and witnesses, working closely with clients, discussing relevant information and strategies. The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights of criminal defendants, including the right to a public trial without unnecessary delay and the right to a lawyer. If you seek an appointed attorney or have any questions, contact the Public Defender’s Office of Chippewa County if you require further information.