Public Defender

Our Purpose


Following appointment by the courts of Coconino County, the office provides, pursuant to ethical and constitutional obligations, quality and cost-efficient legal representation to indigent persons who are:
  • Criminal defendants
  • Minors accused of delinquency
  • Parties involved in termination of parental rights litigation
  • Parties to child dependency actions
  • The subjects of mental health commitment proceedings

History of the Public Defender


Since the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon vs. Wainwright, states have been required to provide lawyers to represent criminal defendants who are unable to pay for their own attorney. Additional case law and legislation have required the appointment of counsel in other cases. In Arizona, counties have the responsibility for providing counsel to the indigent. Coconino County has created a Public Defender's Office for this purpose. no person can be represented by the public defender until the office is appointed by a court.

Our Staff

  • Public Defender
    Sandra Diehl
  • Adult Attorneys
    Brad Bransky, Charles Doughty, Sarah Erlinder, Staci Foulks, Steve Hauser, Steve Harvey, Roberta McVickers, Kevin O'Brien, and Kara Sagi
  • Juvenile Attorneys
    Linda Houle, Gavin O'Connor and Fanny Steinlage
  • Chief Investigator
    Vince Lopez
  • Administrative Senior Manager
    Adrian M. Burke
  • Support Staff
    2 Administrative Specialists
    3 Legal Assistants
    2 Paralegals