Public Defender

About Our Services

We represent indigent clients, both adults and juveniles who have been charged with a criminal offense. In addition, we provide legal representation for people involved in civil conservatorships and Assisted Outpatient Treatment (Laura's Law/AOT). We care about our community and partner with others who are working to combat those conditions which foster an environment for crime. 

We strive to provide the services our clients deserve but cannot afford. We deliver these services without judgement, in a client-centered fashion through a team of highly motivated, well trained professionals. We help clients identify their needs and seek to provide seamless delivery of services designed to address the causes and consequences of their involvement with the criminal justice system.

Mission Statement

Public defenders stand alone, armed only with their wits, training and dedication. Inspired by their clients' hope, faith and trust, they are the warriors and valkyries of those desperately in need of a champion. Public Defenders, by protecting the downtrodden and the poor, shield against infringement of our protections and, in reality, protect us all.
- Hightower v. State, 592 So.2nd 689 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1991)
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