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Public Defender
Public Defender

Elected Position in Buffalo County:
4 year term

Salary:
Set by Buffalo County Board of Supervisors.

Deputies:
Appointed as needed by elected Public Defender subject to approval of County Board.

Full Time/Part Time Position:
Determined by statutes in larger counties; by County Board in Buffalo County. Currently a part time position for elected and deputy public defenders in Buffalo County.

Fees:
May not accept any compensation for representing Public Defender Clients except for salary plus cost reimbursement from County.

Duties:
Represent all indigent, Defendants charged with felonies and misdemeanors, if penalty for crime carries possible jail time.

Court determines if Defendant can financially hire his own attorney or is indigent. If indigent the Court appoints. The Public Defender's office may not represent as Public Defender prior to Court appointment.

Represent all Persons brought before the Mental Health Board as dangerous to self or others.

Represent Fugitives from Justice and/or Extradition Defendant's if appointed by the Court.

Although not required by statute, the Buffalo County Public Defender represents Juveniles charged with violations of law that would be crimes (felony or misdemeanor) if they were adults.

Qualifications:
Must be licensed to practice law in Nebraska.

Budget:
Elected official must submit an annual budget to be approved by the County Board.


Buffalo County Public Defender

Jeff Wirth
2002 Central Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847
Phone: (308) 234-6561
Fax: (308) 236-5761

Deputies:

Brandon Brinegar
PO Box 1685
220 West 15th Street
Kearney, NE 68848
(308) 237-5187

Vikki Stamm
3720 Ave A
Suite C
Kearney, NE 68848
(308) 237-4744

Aaron Bishop
PO Box 1414
4009 6th Avenue, Suite 37
Kearney, NE 68848
(308) 234-2700

John Marsh
1323 Central Ave.
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 236-6441

Tom Stewart
2202 Central Ave.
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 234-5524