The public defender may communicate with persons on the "no contact" list.
Joshua Sabert Lowther, Esq.
NATIONAL FEDERAL DEFENSE GROUP
The public defender will talk to his client, and any other persons the client gives him permission to talk to.
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Post is a bit confusing.
As to the headline question, the mere assertion of self defense by the defendant does not result in charges beng dismissed. That is an affirmitive defense requiring proof. Probably requires a trial.
NO contact order?? Never heard of such a thing applied to an attorney.
I would expect that the "someoe's" attorney would speak with whomever he or she thought necessary to properly investigate the case.
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What you are referring to in your headline question is called an affirmative defense. An affirmative defense is used by a defendant when he or she does not deny committing the alleged act, but believes that there was a legitimate, legal reason that he or she committed the act (for example by acting in self-defense). Affirmative defenses are required to be plead differently in different states and the defendant's public defender will be the best source of information of precisely how such a defense will work in the defendant's case.
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