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    An elected or appointed public official (usually of a county), who is an attorney regularly assigned by the courts to defend people accused of crimes who cannot afford a private attorney. Counties may also have alternate public defenders, attorneys who represent persons charged with a crime who cannot afford to hire a private attorney in situations where the public defender has a conflict of interest. In each Federal Judicial District there is also a federal public defender, an attorney who is appointed by the court to represent individuals charged with federal offenses who cannot afford to retain their own attorney. Some states have a state public defender to supervise the provision of attorneys to convicted indigent individuals for appeals.

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    Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
    Allegheny County Public DefenderProvides legal defense to eligible adult and juvenile clients for all criminal charges and representation for respondents in civil mental health commitment proceedings.AlleghenyAllegheny County Public DefenderAllegheny County Public Defender
    Butler County Public DefenderProvides legal defense to eligible adult and juvenile clients for all criminal charges and representation for respondents in civil mental health commitment proceedings.ButlerButler County CourthouseButler County Government
    Carbon County Government CenterCounty government consisting of the County Council, which is the governing legislative body and the County Executive who oversees county operations, including administration/human resources, economic development, corrections, court services, emergency services, fiscal affairs, human services, public works, and the offices of the Coroner, Public Defender, Sheriff, and Solicitor. Click here for phone directory CarbonCarbon County Government CenterCarbon County Government Center
    County of Berks - Public DefenderRepresents indigent persons charged with crimes. Represents indigent persons charged with juvenile delinquency. Represents indigent persons subject to mental health commitment proceedings.BerksCourthouseCounty of Berks
    Crawford County Courts and Legal - Public DefenderFurnish legal counsel to any person who is charged with a qualified criminal offense, and, for lack of funds as determined by office guidelines, is unable to obtain legal counsel.CrawfordCrawford County Courts and Legal - Public DefenderCrawford County Courts and Legal
    Dauphin County Public DefendersLegal representation in all stages of the criminal and juvenile justice system; criminal judicial contempt parole matters; juvenile representation in delinquency matters; extradition; Post-Conviction Hearing Act Appeals.DauphinDauphin County Public DefenderDauphin County Public Defenders
    Franklin County Public Defender OfficeThe Public Defender is responsible for furnishing legal counsel to any person who, for lack of sufficient funds, is unable to obtain legal counsel in any situation where representation is constitutionally guaranteed. In general, a person is entitled to legal counsel whenever that individual's personal liberty is at stake. This would include capital crimes, misdemeanor and felony offenses, and summary offenses that carry a mandatory sentence of incarceration.FranklinFranklin County Public Defender OfficeFranklin County Judicial Services
    Jefferson County Public DefenderProvides legal services to income eligible individualsJeffersonJefferson County Public DefenderJefferson County Public Defender
    Lancaster County Office of The Public DefenderProvides legal counsel and representation for Lancaster County defendants in criminal court for summary offenses, misdemeanors and felonies. Services are provided from arrest to trial, including probation and parole violation hearings and appeals. Also provides defense representation in paternity and protection from abuse cases. Provides legal representation for juveniles in court.LancasterLancaster County Office of The Public DefenderCounty of Lancaster
    Lehigh County Public DefenderProvides legal representation, at every stage of the Criminal Court System, to adult and juvenile clients who are charged with committing criminal offenses and who cannot afford private legal services.LehighLehigh County Public Defender's OfficeLehigh County Public Defender's Office
    Lycoming County Public DefenderProvides legal council to low-income individuals charged with criminal law violations.LycomingLycoming County Public DefenderLycoming County Government
    Mercer County Public DefenderProvides legal counsel to individuals who cannot afford to hire an attorney.MercerPublic DefenderMercer County Government and Courthouse
    Northampton County Public DefenderProvides legal counsel in criminal cases only. Each individuals charged with a criminal offense in Northampton County must make an application to determine if he/she qualifies for services.NorthamptonNorthampton County Office of Public DefenderNorthampton County Office of Public Defender
    Perry County Public DefenderLegal representation in all stages of the criminal justice system except summary offenses. Summary offense charges are entitled to a public defender only if there is substantial risk of incarceration if convicted.PerryPerry County Public DefenderPerry County Public Defender
    Public DefenderPublic Defender represents individuals who are charged with one or more crimes and cannot afford to hire private counsel. Attorneys in the office also represent juveniles charged in delinquency proceedings .Representation is provided through all stages of criminal proceedings, from the preliminary hearing through the conclusion of appeal before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.Bradford County Public DefenderBradford County Government
    Public Defender - Lackawanna CountyThe Lackawanna County Public Defender’s Office represents those adult individuals who have been charged with a criminal offense and are determined to be indigent. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may obtain an Application for Legal Representation at the Public Defender’s Office. You must provide proof of income and any papers that you may have pertaining to your charge. If you are eligible, you will be provided with representation by the Public Defender’s Office free of charge. If you are in prison, you may obtain an Application for Legal Representation from your counselor. The completed Application will be delivered to the Public Defender’s Office and you will be notified of your eligibility.LackawannaPublic Defender - Lackawanna CountyLackawanna County Court System
    Public Defender - Luzerne County Court SystemRepresents all indigent persons charged with crimes in the County. Defends individuals charged with felonies, misdemeanors and traffic cases for which a sentence of incarceration may be imposed.LuzerneLuzerne County Office of the Public DefenderLuzerne County Court System
    Public Defender - Monroe CountyDevoted primarily to criminal cases, not civil law suits or domestic cases, and includes the following types of matters, provided they occur within Monroe County, Pennsylvania: adults charged with the commission of a crime, juveniles (age 10 to 17) charged with the commission of a crime (juvenile delinquency cases), preliminary hearings, county habeas corpus proceedings, county trials, including pre-trial and post trial matters, Superior Court appeals, Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeals, post conviction matters, criminal extradition proceedings, probation and parole matters, mental health proceedings, PFA contempt, parents of children in dependency proceedings, petitions for contempt for failure to pay child support, and court costs or fines where imprisonment is possible. Does not represent individuals charged with federal offenses, only crimes against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.MonroeMonroe County Public DefenderMonroe County Government
    Public Defender of Chester CountyProvides competent, effective and ethical legal representation to indigent persons accused of crimes.ChesterPUBLIC DEFENDER OF CHESTER COUNTYPublic Defender of Chester County
    Public Defenders Office - Erie CountyLaw office for public defenseEriePublic Defenders Office - Erie CountyPublic Defenders Office - Erie County
    Public Defender's Office, York CountyProvides legal defence to those charged with criminal offenses and who cannot afford legal counsel. Types of cases that qualify: •All misdemeanors •All felonies •Summary offenses: all cases in which there is a substantial likelihood that a jail sentence will be imposed, such as •Driving under Suspension if Habitual Offender •Driving under Suspension DUI-related •Summary conviction appeals: appeals from a conviction by MDJ of a summary offense for which the MDJ has imposed a jail sentence •DRO - contempt for failure to pay child support if scheduled before a judge •ICC - violation of a PFA Order •Probation and parole violation hearings •Appeals •PCRA – only if appointed by the judge •For juvenile cases please refer to the 'Juvenile Court' section YorkYork County Public Defender's OfficeCourts and Criminal Justice, York County Government
    Public Defender - Susquehanna CountyProvides cost-free legal representation to indigent persons, juvenile through adult, in criminal matters ranging from traffic offenses to criminal homicide. Clients may seek representation, pre-arrest through appellate proceedings.SusquehannaCourt Administrator - Susquehanna CountySusquehanna County Government
    Venango County Public DefenderProvides legal counsel to any person who is charged with a qualified criminal offense and is determined unable to afford legal counsel.VenangoVenango County Public DefenderVenango County Public Defender

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