Public Defenders: State Directory

Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors.

Although everyone has the right to legal counsel, not everyone has the means to pay for it. In order to better balance the scales of justice, and in response to a key Supreme Court ruling in favor of an indigent defendant unable to afford counsel, states began hiring public defenders, assigned counsel, and contract attorneys. States and localities use these methods of delivering indigent defense services either alone or in combination.

The following resources can help you find a public defender and learn about the rules and procedures in your state. To suggest a resource for this page, please e-mail us.

National Resources

State Guide to Public Defenders

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Get Help From a Public Defender or Private Attorney

Any time you've been charged with a crime in which your liberty is at stake, like when you're facing incarceration, you'll want legal representation. In fact, it's your constitutional right to such representation. If you can't afford an attorney, a public defender or other legal professionals may be able to help. Contact a local criminal defense attorney to learn more about your options.

Next Steps

Contact a qualified criminal lawyer to make sure your rights are protected.

Help Me Find a Do-It-Yourself Solution