San Bernardino Public Defender Office

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San Bernardino County Public Defender 398 West 4th Street San Bernardino CA 92401 909-383-2400


About San Bernardino Public Defender Offices

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

You may contact the Public Defender for questions about:
  • Legal representation in San Bernardino, California
  • Criminal defense services and assigned counsel
  • San Bernardino Legal Aid, Bar Association and Defender Association
  • The 6th Amendment and the Right to Counsel
  • Free legal advice
San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino, California. The guidelines consist of standards and practices to ensure that San Bernardino indigent defense services are independent from interference and that defendants receive timely and quality representation.

Free Legal Services

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

San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino County or California Public Defender's Offices.

California State Public Defender Offices

State Public Defender Offices in California 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. California State Public Defender Offices utilize a combination of staff attorneys, support staff, and appointed private attorneys.

Federal Public Defender

Federal Public Defenders in San Bernardino, California 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 San Bernardino District Courts. Federal Public Defenders are appointed to four-year terms.