The Office of the Public Defender

Toll Free: 1-877-430-5187

To contact a specific office, go to the District/County Offices page for detailed information.

OPD Administration

6 Saint Paul Street
Suite 1400
Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 410-767-8460
Fax: 410-333-8496

Know Your Rights

 If you are stopped by the police, on the street or in a car:

    • Always ask if you are free to leave (even if you are a passenger). If you are free to leave, do so calmly and quietly.
    • If you are not free to leave, stay silent.

 If the police ask to search you or your belongings:

    • Say “I do not consent.”

 If the police are already searching you or your belongings and ask if you have anything illegal:

    • Always remain silent.

 If the police are trying to search your home:

    •  Ask if they have a warrant. If they do not have a warrant, you can ask them to leave.
    • If they have a warrant, read the warrant. Officers can only search for the areas/items listed in the warrant.
    • An arrest warrant allows police to enter the home of the person listed in the warrant if they believe the person is inside.
    • Remain silent and do not have to make any statements without a lawyer.

 If you are arrested or charged with a crime:


    • Ask for a lawyer immediately.
    • Say you wish to remain silent, and do not admit to anything.
    • Do not sign anything, say anything or make decisions without a lawyer.
    • Do not make any statements on jail calls or in visitor booths. You are being recorded.
    • Do not discuss your case with anyone.
    • Apply for a Public Defender or retain private counsel as soon as possible.

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