Public Defender

Attention Public Defender Clients

COVID-19 Update


We will continue to provide services during normal business hours of 8A.M. to 4P.M. Monday-Friday.

  • We will continue to meet with clients by phone.
  • We will continue to appear for hearings if scheduled.
  • We will continue to take applications via mail, email, phone, or dropped off at the court if you are scheduled.

Our Application can be found below, in the Application section of this page.

Applications can be submitted to our office via:


Please continue to look out for each other, especially the most vulnerable but please do it safely

Erie County Public Defender's Office

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
Timothy Dempsey
Steve List 
Kelli Jelinger
Robert Ritzler

Application

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Office Hours

Mon-Fri 8:00AM - 4:00PM
The office will be closed for lunch Monday through Friday from 12:00PM to 1:00PM 
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