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Office of the Public Defender           6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1400, Baltimore, MD 21202           1.877.430.5187              opdcommunications@opd.state.md.us

PARENTAL

DEFENSE


Nena Villamar, Chief

 

Baltimore City

David Wanger, Asst. Public Defender

300 North Gay Street - 2nd floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

 

Anne Arundel

1700 Margaret Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone: 410.295.8800

Fax:  410.974.2903

Allegany & Garrett Counties

Dara Acord & Beth Lamm, Asst. Public Defenders
30 N. Mechanic Street

Cumberland, Maryland 21502

Phone:  301.777.2142

Fax:  301.777.2032

Baltimore & Howard Counties


Beverly Schulterbrandt, Supervisor
200 Washington Avenue

Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410.324.8900

Fax: 410.769.7882

Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot & Caroline Counties

Karolyn Bowe, Asst. Public Defender

170 E. Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921
Phone: 410.996.2851
Fax: 410.996.2860

Harford County

Charlene Dukes

219 E. Redwood Street, 9th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21202

 

Montgomery County

Sylvia Long, Supervisor

191 East Jefferson Street - 3rd Fl.
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301.563.8919
Fax: 301.424.4156

Carroll, Frederick & Washington Counties

James Zuna & Diann Gastley

81 West Washington Street, Suite A
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
Phone: 301.791.4735
Fax: 301.739.8061


Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's Counties


14753 Main Street
Upper Marlboro, MD 20227
Phone: 301.627.3300 ext. 103 or 105
Fax: 301.627.3320

Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico & Worcester Counties


Michael Krautner, Asst. Public Defender
101 W. Green Street
Snow Hill, MD 21863
Phone: 410-632-2471 ext. 320
Fax: 410-632-2939

WHO WE ARE

When the local Department of Social Services (DSS), thorough their Child Protective Services Unit (CPS), institutes court proceedings regarding abuse or neglect of a child by a parent or legal guardian, the Parental Defense Division’s staff attorneys or panel attorneys represent the parents/legal guardians.

The Office of the Public Defender provides legal representation through all of the stages of the Juvenile Court case. These stages may include:

  • Emergency Shelter Care Hearing

  • Adjudication Hearing

  • Disposition Hearing

  • Review of Placement Hearing

  • Permanency Planning Hearing

  • Court Ordered Mediation

  • Termination of Parental Rights

  • Guardianship Review Hearing

 

If you child has been removed from your home, please contact the Parental Defense Division in the county of your residence for more assistance (office locations and numbers listed to the left).