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

From agency: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Resource Details
Description OVERVIEW: Provides legal representation to those who may not otherwise be able to afford legal representation.

SERVICES:
1) LEGAL SERVICES: Provides legal representation to income eligible individuals who have been arrested or summoned for a criminal offense with the possibility of incarceration.

INTAKE PROCEDURE:

1) INCARCERATED CLIENT: Incarcerated clients are initially interviewed at the Detention Center's diagnostic 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 (see locations at end of file). 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. The interview MUST take place at least 10 working days before the court date.

INTAKE DOCUMENTATION: Clients must bring the following documents to the interview:

1) Charging documents (summary of charges, summons).
2) Verification of income. 2 pay stubs (must be less than 30 days old).
3) Court Date.

If qualified, the client will immediately be appointed a public defender.

2) 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 - Charles County
Physical Address 101 Catalpa Drive Suite 102A
La Plata MD
20646 United States
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Hours Of Operation Walk-In Intake Hours: 8:30-11:30am & 1:00-3:30PM

Fri: 8AM 5PM
Thu: 8AM 5PM
Wed: 8AM 5PM
Tue: 8AM 5PM
Mon: 8AM 5PM
Physical Location Description Southern Maryland Trade Center
Disabilities Access Yes.
Program
Eligibility Indigent persons who have committed a crime or misdemeanor (based on income and other criteria, family size/med bills).
Languages Offered Accommodations possible.
Program Fees $50 Administration fee. $25 for juveniles.
Application Process See notes.
Normal Wait Times Varies
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Contact Information
Mailing Address 101 Catalpa Drive Suite 102A
La Plata MD
20646 United States
Toll Free Number 887-430-5187
Fax Number 301-539-7369
Main 301-539-7330
Main Contact Name Edie Fortuna Cimino
Main Contact Title Deputy District Public Defender
Main Contact Phone 301-539-7330
Director or Senior Administrator Name Michael Beach
Director or Senior Administrator Title District Public Defender
Director or Senior Administrator Phone 301-539-7330