Public Defender FAQ

Department Menu

Frequently Asked Questions

Public defenders are requested and appointed by the Judge during arraignment. The Judge determines if you are eligible for a public defender based on your current financial situation. The Office of the Public Defender is not permitted by law to provide legal advice until officially appointed.

You must call the Public Defender’s office anytime after the Public Defender’s Office is appointed to schedule an appointment.

Public defenders are only appointed for criminal cases including felonies, misdemeanors, and mental health hearings.

Yes. All public defenders are licensed to practice law by the Arkansas Bar Association. They have the same education and meet the same requirements as attorneys employed by private law firms. They aim to provide every client the best possible representation.

  • Public Defender

    Jay Saxton

    Contact

    Public Service Building

    1204 SW 14th St.
    Suite 4
    Bentonville, AR 72712

    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Open through lunch

    Phone

    479-271-1028

    Court Information

    479-271-1015

    102 NE A St.
    Bentonville, AR 72712

    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Open through lunch

    1301 Melissa Drive
    Bentonville, AR 72712

    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Open through lunch

    479-271-5702

  • BENTON COUNTY STORM RELIEF

     

    For 2024 County-Wide Reappraisal Questions Visit: reappraisal.bentoncountyar.gov