See Polk County, FL Public Defenders and search free public defenders records. Public defenders are attorneys hired by the court to represent individuals who cannot afford legal representation.
Polk County Public Defenders Office 3425 Lake Alfred Rd Winter Haven FL 33881 863-401-2477
Polk County Public Defenders Office 255 N Broadway Ave Bartow FL 33830 863-293-4335
The Polk County Public Defender's Office keep records on cases, including trial records, investigation reports, and certain financial documents in Polk County, FL. Some of these Polk County public records are available upon request.Records available from the Polk County Public Defender's Office
Public Defenders in Polk County maintain files on every individual they are assigned to represent. This includes Polk County case files, investigation reports, indigence determination records, and more. Some of these Polk County public records can be requested from Public Defenders.Confidential Records in Polk County
Some Polk County Public Defender records, including case files, contain information that falls under attorney-client privilege. These records may not be available to the Polk County public. The rules vary by location, but in most places you cannot obtain case files and other records that are privileged according to Florida State law. If you request a record that contains confidential information, the Polk County Public Defender's office may be willing to provide a redacted copy.
Clients of the Polk County Public Defender's Office always have a right to receive copies of their own case files. These are not considered Polk County public records requests because the case file is the property of the client.Polk County Financial Records
Public Defenders also maintain financial records that document payments made by the Polk County, Florida Government for retaining the services of a Public Defender. These financial records are open to the Polk County public, and they can be requested from the Public Defender.Conflict of Interest Records
Public Defenders also file financial Conflict of Interest statements that can be requested through a public records request in Polk County. These requests can be made directly to the Polk County Public Defender. In some cases, the Public Defender's office may provide online request forms.Contact the Polk County Public Defender
You can request records from the Public Defender's Office in several ways including contacting the Polk County Office's Records Department and making requests through the Public Defender's website. You may also contact the Polk County Public Defender directly by email or telephone.