Office of the Public Defender, Caroline 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.

INTAKE PROCEDURE:
1) INCARCERATED CLIENT: Incarcerated clients first go through the diagnostic center 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 their 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 full 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).
If qualified, the client immediately will be appointed a public defender.

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 - Caroline County
Physical Address 110 Franklin Street
Denton MD
21629 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
Disabilities Access Yes.
Program
Eligibility Indigent persons who have been charged with a criminal offense.
Languages Offered Accommodations possible.
Program Fees $50 Administrative fee and $25 for juveniles.
Application Process See notes.
Documents Required See notes.
Volunteer Requirements 18 and older.
Volunteer Duties Assist with office duties/clerical work.
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Contact Information
Mailing Address PO Box 1059
Denton MD
21629 United States
Toll Free Number 877-430-5187
Fax Number 410-479-5715
Intake 410-479-5756
Main Email Address jbenefiel@opd.state.md.us
Main Contact Name Janyne Benefiel
Main Contact Title Office Manager
Main Contact Phone 410-479-5756
Main Contact Email Address jbenefiel@opd.state.md.us
Director or Senior Administrator Name Janyne Benefiel
Director or Senior Administrator Title Office Manager
Director or Senior Administrator Phone 410-479-5756
Director or Senior Administrator Email Address jbenefiel@opd.state.md.us


 


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