Merced County Public Defender

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2022

The Public Defender’s Office is now open during regular business hours. Office appointments for misdemeanor cases are currently still being conducted by phone.  Please call the office to contact your Attorney prior to your court date.

Merced Office: (209) 385-7692
Los Banos Office: (209) 710-6030

If you need to provide proof of community service, payments or programs, please e-mail documents to PDInfo@countyofmerced.com. You may still email proof or you now can come by and we can scan it into your file.

If you are unable to reach us by phone you may now contact us via email: Public.Defender@countyofmerced.com

Our Purpose

To serve Individuals who are unable to afford private counsel by the appointment of skilled and dedicated attorneys from our office.  Many clients 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, which are attributes that survive all accusations and judgments.