Public Defender

the Montgomery County OFFICE OF THE Public Defender



Client-Centered Advocacy. Community Outreach. Holistic Results



NEED A PUBLIC DEFENDER?

OFFICE UPDATE 08/07/2020: As the Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender continues to follow social distancing guidelines, walk-in applications remain suspended until further notice. You may apply for services from your PC, or mobile device, by clicking the APPLY HERE link above. If you do not have online access, you may call 610-278-3295 and a staff member will take your application over the phone.

Direct any questions to publicdefender@montcopa.org or call 610-278-3295 during normal business hours. Thank you.


OFFICE UPDATE 05/14/2020: The Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender is closed to the public due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. We will update our website and social media accounts as new information is made available. Quick links to our social media accounts are below. If you need to apply for services, you may do so from your computer, tablet or mobile device using this link.

To stay updated on what's going on with our office, please feel free to join us on Facebook, Twitteror Instagram.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

As criminal defense attorneys we are dedicated to protecting the Constitutional rights of indigent individuals accused of violating the law. In juvenile and adult cases, we provide zealous legal advocacy and seek the best possible outcome for every client we represent.

As public interest attorneys we believe our mission only begins in the courtroom. The Montgomery County Public Defender Office is developing programs in an effort to provide a holistic approach to the extra-legal concerns of our clients. Our goal is to improve overall outcomes for our clients in order to ameliorate the conditions that lead to involvement in the justice system and ultimately to reduce recidivism.

We are committed to sustaining our mission as community-oriented defenders. Since 2012, the Public Defender Office has added a social work division, developed a prison liaison program, expanded the investigations division, created a dedicated homicide division, added a mitigation specialist and policy director and increased juvenile advocacy and adult system staff. In the community, we seek to improve services to our indigent clients by serving as a voice at the table in county, statewide and national policy discussions, task forces, and decision-making committees.

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"Make a career of humanity, commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in."


- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.