The Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender provides legal services to its clients. It provides legal representation for persons accused of crimes in the unified courts in Contra Costa County of California when the accused is financially unable to retain private counsel. Its practice areas include felonies, misdemeanors, and juvenile delinquency and dependency cases. Attorneys assigned to a felony caseload handle various aspects of the cases, including plea negotiations, preliminary hearings, motions and jury trials. Attorneys in the juvenile dependency unit represent parents who are alleged to have abused and neglected their children. The Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender is located in Martinez, Calif.