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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
    H. Allen Gerhardt
  • Adult Attorneys
    Brad Bransky, Charles Doughty, Sarah Erlinder, Steve Hauser, Steve Harvey, Roberta McVickers, Kevin O'Brien, Fanny Steinlage, and Josh Steinlage
  • Juvenile Supervisor
    Sandy Diehl
  • Juvenile Attorneys
    Amy Criddle and Linda Houle
  • Chief Investigator
    Vince Lopez
  • Administrative Support Staff
    Administrative senior manager and five administrative specialists

Contact Us

H. Allen Gerhardt
Public Defender

Contact Us

110 E. Cherry Ave.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Ph: (928) 679-7700
Toll Free: (866) 290-2466
Fx: (928) 679-7701

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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