No. The attorney-client privilege applies and the attorney can not discuss the case without the express, written authorization signed by client and delivered to the Public defender. Long distance telephone calls usually are not returned at the option of the attorney since no reimbursement for those expenses is provided.
Please understand that our public defenders spend substantial time in the Courtroom and may not be available to return your calls right away. If you would leave a detailed message on his/her voicemail with your contact information then the Attorney can then contact you back at their earliest convenience. You may also contact one of their paralegals.
If you have an emergency (i.e. you can't make it to your Court date) and you can't reach either your Public Defender or a Paralegal, you must contact the Court directly.