In most cases, the DC NLG is unable to provide direct legal representation to persons who have been arrested during a demonstration. DC has a unique criminal defense bar that is comprised of the DC Public Defender Service and nearly 200 court-appointed (CJA) attorneys who handle almost all of the criminal cases in the DC. Hence, there are relatively few private criminal defense attorneys in DC, and only a fraction of those attorneys are affiliated with the DC NLG. While we will usually be unable to provide direct representation, we can provide other services such as courtroom support and legal assistance to your defense counsel.
Please consult the NLG Referral Directory for a list of NLG-affiliated attorneys.
Please consult the CJA Panel Telephone List for the list of CJA attorneys.
Please consult the Public Defender Service website for more information about their services.