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The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is pleased to offer this website to clients, attorneys, advocates, elected officials, law students, and the public for general information purposes only. This website is not intended for nor is it to be used as a substitute for legal advice. It may not reflect current legal developments. You should not rely on this website as a source of legal advice.

This website is neither a solicitation nor an offer to represent you. The information provided to you at this website is not intended to create and does not create a lawyer-client relationship with PDS or with any lawyer. By sending PDS or any of its personnel an email through this site, you do not create an attorney-client relationship with PDS. Although we welcome contacts by telephone, electronic mail, or other methods, we will not have an attorney-client relationship with you until and unless you and we reach such an agreement. If this website fails to comply with the laws or ethical rules of your jurisdiction, please do not consider this as a solicitation or as any indication that PDS wishes or is available to represent you.

Please be advised that information conveyed over the Internet may not be secure. PDS asks that you not convey any confidential information to us via the internet.

Unless otherwise identified, you may view, download and print a copy of any part of the website for your own informational purposes but, under no circumstance, may you reproduce, resell, modify, distribute, transmit or display for commercial advantage any of its contents, or include any part of this website in another work, without the express written permission of PDS. To obtain permission to use the contents of this website other than as granted by the foregoing limited license, please contact .


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