What is my public defender able to assist me with?

A public defender has the same responsibilities as a private defense  attorney, including but not limited to, being present during all of your court appearances, answering your questions regarding the case, and providing legal advice in your case. If your case proceeds to trial, a public defender will perform the same actions as would a private attorney, including execution of discovery, deposing witnesses, calling  witnesses during trial, and cross-examining the prosecution's witnesses  during trial. A public defender is also able to negotiate with  prosecution during pre-trial proceedings, potentially reaching a  resolution not requiring a jury trial.

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1. What is the right to counsel?
2. Who qualifies for public defense services?
3. How do I apply for a public defender?
4. Who will my public defender be?
5. What is my public defender able to assist me with?
6. What is my public defender unable to assist me with?
7. How do I contact my public defender?
8. What do I do if I feel that my public defender has not met his/her responsibilities, or if I have other concerns?