Merced County Public Defender

EFFECTIVE MARCH 18, 2020

Due to the current health emergency, we are encouraging contact by phone.

Merced Office: (209) 385-7692
Los Banos Office: (209) 710-6030
 
Please call the office if your court date is before May 18, 2020.  Once we have talked with you, in most instances, your attorney will be able to appear for you per PC977.

PC 977:  A criminal defendant can agree not to appear at their court appearance and allow their attorney to appear for them.  PC 977 Procedures are different depending on whether the case is a felony or misdemeanor.

If you need to provide proof of community service, payments or programs, please e-mail documents to pdinfo@countyofmerced.com.

Our Purpose

Individuals unable to afford private counsel are daily appointed skilled and dedicated attorneys from our office. Thousands of clients a year facing the lowest level misdemeanor to the most serious felony receive the benefit of our legal counsel and trial advocacy.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide effective advocacy for the accused. All of our clients are treated in a way that recognizes their fundamental dignity and humanity, attributes that survive all accusations and judgments.

Individuals unable to afford private counsel are daily appointed skilled and dedicated attorneys from our office. Thousands of clients a year facing the lowest level misdemeanor to the most serious felony receive the benefit of our legal counsel and trial advocacy.