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

How to Apply for a Lawyer

The Office of the Public Defender handles any criminal case carrying a possible jail sentence.

Eligibility for Public Defender services is determined by using six statutory factors

You must apply at least ten (10) working days prior to your trial date. 

You may apply at most OPD Offices, not just the County where you will go to court.

You will be interviewed by an Intake Specialist, complete a written application, and be asked to provide information about your income and assets.

Call 1-877-430-5187 for more information.