Thurston County Public Defense (TCPD) gives legal representation to people who can't afford a lawyer, in criminal and dependency cases in Thurston County District Court and Superior Court.
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What is TCPD?
"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right . . . to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense."
U. S. Constitution, Amendment VI
"In criminal prosecutions the accused shall have the right to appear and defend in person, or by counsel..."
Washington State Constitution, Article I, Section XXII
Thurston County Public Defense (TCPD) carries out the guarantee of the Constitution that all people accused of crimes who are unable to afford a lawyer will receive effective legal representation. All TCPD lawyers are members of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), and are required to follow the Rules of Professional Conduct and maintain the integrity of their attorney-client relationships. All TCPD lawyers and staff are required to maintain client confidentiality and to represent the office professionally in all dealings. All employees of TCPD are expected to treat all of our clients with courtesy, dignity and respect, regardless of their cases or circumstances.
We, the employees of Thurston County Public Defense, will protect and defend the rights of our clients through zealous, conscientious, and compassionate legal advocacy.