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Public Defender

The Erie County Public Defender is the county agency responsible for providing legal representation and other services to those accused of a crime who cannot afford to hire their own attorney. The United States Constitution and the Ohio Constitution guarantee the right to an attorney, because an attorney is needed to protect an individual’s rights and to present the evidence necessary for a fair and reliable determination of guilt or innocence. The Erie County Public Defender is critical to the fairness of the criminal justice system: the quality of justice the person receives should not be determined by the person’s financial status.

Attorneys

  • Jeffrey Whitacre
  • Christopher Carroll
  • Harsh Tandon
  • Darrell Steltenpohl
  • Mary James
  • Robert Ritzler

Investigator

  • Kory Tubbs

Application for Public Defender (PDF, 1.4MB)