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

From agency: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Resource Details
Description SERVICE: Provides legal representation for individuals with low or no income, who have been arrested or summoned for a jail-able offense.

INTAKE PROCEDURE:
1) INCARCERATED CLIENT: Incarcerated clients first go through the diagnostic center at the Detention Center. After they have been classified according to area of incarceration, they are seen by a Public Defender.

2) ON THE STREET CLIENT: Clients who are out on bail or on their own recognizance must contact the nearest Court Commissioner's Office. The Allegany County Court Commissioner's Office is located at 123 S. Liberty Street, Cumberland, MD 21502. The phone number for the Commissioner's Office is 301-723-3150. Office hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Clients must bring the following documents to the interview: charging documents and verification of income. If qualified, the client must then contact the Public Defender's Office and they will then be given the name of their attorney along with an appointment to discuss their pending case. 

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.
 
Defined coverage areas:
Maryland - Allegany County
 
Hours of operation:
Mon: 8AM 5PM
Tue: 8AM 5PM
Wed: 8AM 5PM
Thu: 8AM 5PM
Fri: 8AM 5PM
Program
Eligibility Low or no income individuals who have been charged with a crime - misdemeanor or felony.
Languages Offered Accommodations possible.
Application Process Contact nearest Court Commissioner's Office.
Documents Required Charging documents and proof of income at the Court Commissioner's Office.
Programs at this agency Office of the Public Defender, Baltimore City
Office of the Public Defender, Baltimore County
Office of the Public Defender, Anne Arundel County (Glen Burnie)
Office of the Public Defender, Anne Arundel County (Annapolis)
Office of the Public Defender, Carroll County
Office of the Public Defender, Cecil County
Office of the Public Defender, Harford County
Office of the Public Defender, Washington County
Office of the Public Defender, Frederick County
Office of the Public Defender, Dorchester County
Office of the Public Defender, Calvert County
Office of the Public Defender, Charles County
Office of the Public Defender, Wicomico County
Office of the Public Defender, Talbot County
Office of the Public Defender, Somerset County
Office of the Public Defender, St. Mary's County
Office of the Public Defender, Queen Anne's County
Office of the Public Defender, Prince George's County
Office of the Public Defender, Montgomery County
Office of the Public Defender, Howard County
Office of the Public Defender, Caroline County
Office of the Public Defender, Garrett County
Office of the Public Defender, Worcester County


Contact Information
Toll Free Number 877-430-5187
Fax Number 301-777-2032
Main Number 301-777-2142
Main Contact Name Marilyn Phillips
Main Contact Title Office Manager
Main Contact Phone 301-777-2142 EX 315
Main Contact Email Address mphillips@opd.state.md.us
Director or Senior Administrator Name
Director or Senior Administrator Title
Director or Senior Administrator Phone
Director or Senior Administrator Email Address
Sites offering this Program 248 North Mechanic Street