In most cases, crimes must be reported to the police department or law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the city or county where the crime occurred. Complaints involving misconduct by public officials or voting law may be reported in writing to the Prosecuting Attorney’s office. Report of misconduct on the part of law enforcement officers should be reported to the Internal Affairs or professional standards section of the law enforcement agency with which the officer is employed. In the event of an emergency, dial 911. You will be connected with law enforcement personnel who will assist you with the emergency. For non-emergencies, contact your local police agency.
In the United States, a Public Defender is a lawyer appointed to represent people who cannot afford to hire an attorney. The 1963 US Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright held that the Sixth Amendment's right to counsel provision requires the government to provide legal counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases. Different jurisdictions, however, use different approaches in providing legal counsel for criminal defendants who can't afford private attorneys. Under the federal system and some states is through a publicly funded public defender office.