Office of the Public Defender, Harford County
www.opd.state.md.us

From agency: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Resource Details
Description OVERVIEW: Provides legal representation to income eligible individuals who have been arrested or charged with a crime for which they could be incarcerated. Also provides representation in contempt for failure to pay child support.

SERVICES:
1) INCARCERATED CLIENT: Incarcerated clients first go through intake by the commissioner at the Detention Center. After they have been classified by area of incarceration, they are interviewed to see if they are eligible for a public defender.

2) "ON THE STREET" CLIENT: Clients who are out on bail or on their own recognizance must contact the Public Defender's Office. They should contact the nearest office by telephone to ascertain what documentation they need to bring to the office for the interview to prove income-eligibility. Client can apply anywhere in Maryland. Commissioner has 72 hours to let them know if they qualify. 

3) CLIENT SERVICES DIVISION: The Public Defender refers clients who may need extra advocacy during the trial to this division. The client may have mitigating circumstances, such as a history of substance abuse, mental illness or HIV, which would suggest the need for an alternative to incarceration. The client is evaluated and, if eligible, is returned to the courtroom with an advocate and expert witnesses 
Coverage Area Can determine eligibility for any Office of the Public defender in Maryland.

Defined coverage areas:
Maryland - Harford County
 
Hours of operation:
Mon: 8AM 5PM
Tue: 8AM 5PM
Wed: 8AM 5PM
Thu: 8AM 5PM
Fri: 8AM 5PM
Program
Eligibility Adults 18 years and older.
Languages Offered Interpreter available.
Program Fees None.
Application Process Call for information.
Documents Required Call for information.
Volunteer Requirements 18 years and older.
Volunteer Duties Clerical tasks and assisting attorneys. Interns.
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Contact Information
Toll Free Number 877-430-5187
Fax Number 410-836-4904
Main 410-836-4880
Juvenile 443-263-6380
Main Email Address opd-belair@opd.state.md.us
Main Contact Name Kim Campbell
Main Contact Title Receptionist
Main Contact Phone 410-836-4880
Main Contact Email Address kim.campbell@maryland.gov
Director or Senior Administrator Name Kelly Casper
Director or Senior Administrator Title District Public Defender
Director or Senior Administrator Phone 410-836-4880
Director or Senior Administrator Email Address kelly.casper@maryland.gov
Sites offering this Program 2 South Bond Street