The seriousness of the charge and the availability of resources available to hire a private attorney will determine whether an applicant qualifies for a public defender. Each case is evaluated individually.
When an applicant qualifies for representation and becomes a client of the public defender’s office, there is no charge for representation. Furthermore, the client will be charged no filing fees for any legal papers filed in the case although the client may be charged for restitution and court costs should he be found guilty. The Erie County Public Defender accepts client applications Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm or by mail.
If applying in person, applicants must bring a copy of the charges and verification of income or support. If applying by mail, applicants must likewise include copies of the charges and income verification. Note that originals will not be returned so applicants who apply by mail should send only copies of supporting documents.
Metered parking is located on Sassafras Street in front of the office.
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