Montgomery County Public Defender Office

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Montgomery County Public Defender 199 East Montgomery Avenue Rockville MD 20850 240-777-7058


About Montgomery County Public Defender Offices

The Montgomery County Public Defender Office provide legal representation to defendants who face incarceration and cannot afford an attorney in Montgomery County, MD. The U.S. Constitution guarantees individuals the right to have an attorney, regardless of financial means. The Montgomery County Public Defender ensures the right to legal representation.

You may contact the Public Defender for questions about:
  • Legal representation in Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Criminal defense services and assigned counsel
  • Montgomery County Legal Aid, Bar Association and Defender Association
  • The 6th Amendment and the Right to Counsel
  • Free legal advice
Montgomery County Legal Representation

The American Bar Association, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and several other professional organizations have established professional guidelines for indigent defense services in Montgomery County, Maryland. The guidelines consist of standards and practices to ensure that Montgomery County indigent defense services are independent from interference and that defendants receive timely and quality representation.

Free Legal Services

In addition to representing indigent defendants, Montgomery County Public Attorney Offices may also provide legal services to juveniles in juvenile delinquency proceedings. In addition, Public Defenders in Montgomery County commonly represent individuals involved in mental health proceedings, conservatorship proceedings, or whose mental capacity is challenged.

Montgomery County Public Defenders

Local Public Defense Offices generally serve individuals who are charged with a crime against municipal ordinances or misdemeanors, while felonies are referred to the Montgomery County or Maryland Public Defender's Offices.

Maryland State Public Defender Offices

State Public Defender Offices in Maryland are led by the Public Defender Commission. Their offices are established as independent agencies in order to allow them to operate with minimal influence from other agencies, though many states also have Public Defender Commissions that direct policy. Maryland State Public Defender Offices utilize a combination of staff attorneys, support staff, and appointed private attorneys.

Federal Public Defender

Federal Public Defenders in Montgomery County, Maryland are organized by U.S. Districts under the judicial branch of government. However, Chief Federal Public Defenders are appointed by the court of appeals rather than by the U.S. Districts. This is intended to provide the Federal Public Defender with some insulation from the Montgomery County District Courts. Federal Public Defenders are appointed to four-year terms.