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Seal of the Law Office of the Cook County Public DefenderThe Public Defender is appointed by the judge when an individual is not able to afford an attorney (55 ILCS 5/3-4006). A Public Defender should be available to individuals at the time of the first court appearance. The Public Defender provides legal representation in the areas of criminal, misdemeanor, juvenile justice, child protection, paternity, appeals, post-conviction and traffic cases.


To protect the fundamental rights, liberties and dignity of each person whose case has been entrusted to us by providing the finest legal representation.

Response to Police Questioning

Download a reference card to use if you are brought in for questioning. English and Spanish languages.

Response to Questioning Card
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Respuestra a Las Preguntas De La Policia
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Bureau Name:

Public Defender, Law Office of

Main Office:

69 W. Washington Suite 1600
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Telephone: (312) 603-0600
Fax: (312) 603-9860

Abishi C. Cunningham, Jr., Public Defender

M-F: 9AM-5PM; Sat-Sun: Closed