The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida provides public defender services to the counties of Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington. The district maintains offices across these counties to serve clients as close to their respective homes as possible. The district features one Public Defender and numerous support staff to assist clients. Public defenders ensure that indigent clients who cannot afford private counsel have access to quality defense services. Individuals must request a public defender from the court, after which the judge will appoint one. Public defenders are not legally able to work with clients until they have been officially appointed by the judge in their district. Once appointed, defense attorneys are able to provide legal representation and advice on a variety of cases ranging from felony charges to capital crimes, as well as misdemeanors. They may also assist clients with charges related to immigrant status and nonviolent crimes. All services provided by public defenders are rendered at no charge to clients or their loved ones.