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

From agency: Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Resource Details
Description LEGAL SERVICES: Provides legal representation to income eligible individuals who have been arrested for a criminal offense and facing possible jail sentence or a fine greater than $500.

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.

REQUIRED IN-TAKE DOCUMENTATION: Clients must bring the following documents to the interview:
-1) Court Date
-2) Summary of Charges or Summons (Charging documents)
-3) Verification of income. 2 pay stubs (must be less than 30 days old).

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

INCARCERATED CLIENT: Incarcerated clients first go through the Commissioner. After they have been classified by area of incarceration, they are interviewed to see if they are eligible for a public defender.

"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.
Defined coverage areas:
Maryland - Somerset County
Physical Address 11785 Somerset Avenue
Princess Anne MD
21853 United States
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Hours of operation:
Mon: 8AM 4:30PM
Tue: 8AM 4:30PM
Wed: 8AM 4:30PM
Thu: 8AM 4:30PM
Fri: 8AM 4:30PM
Program
Eligibility Indigent persons who have committed a crime or misdemeanor (based on income and other criteria, e.g. family size/med bills).
Languages Offered Accommodations possible.
Program Fees None.
Application Process See notes.
Normal Wait Times Juveniles will be seen immediately.
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Contact Information
Mailing Address 11785 Somerset Avenue
Princess Anne MD
21853 United States
Toll Free Number 877-430-5187
Fax Number 410-651-5320
Main 410-651-3271
Main Email Address joseph.schanno@maryland.gov
Main Contact Name Arch McFadden
Main Contact Title Deputy Public Defender/Supervising Attorney
Main Contact Phone 410-651-3271
Main Contact Email Address archibald.mcfadden@maryland.gov
Director or Senior Administrator Name Joe Schanno
Director or Senior Administrator Title District Public Defender
Director or Senior Administrator Phone 410-651-3287
Director or Senior Administrator Email Address joseph.schanno@maryland.gov
Sites offering this Program 11785 Somerset Avenue