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The Public Defender is
Paul B. DeWolfe
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There are eight statewide divisions within the Office of the Public Defender (OPD).
Maryland is divided into twelve operational districts. Each District conforms to the statutory geographic boundaries of the District Courts. OPD maintains offices in each of these districts.
Maryland's Public Defender is often appointed to legislative task forces that consider criminal justice public policy. Click here for all the latest information.
OPD is looking for zealous advocates for the following positions:
To learn more about attorney recruitment as well as law clerk, and volunteer opportunities with OPD click here
OPD seeking Bilingual Clinical Social Workers to serve as consultants. Click here for more information.
If you received a call to wire money interationally for bail click here.
Do you have a case involving an indicted officer?
If so, click here or call 410-914-7858.
The High Cost of Bail: How Maryland’s Reliance on Money Bail Jails the Poor and Costs the Community Millions.
Press Release: Office of the Public Defender Concerned by Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Disregard for Disclosure Obligations and Failure to Develop Clear Policies and Protocols
Press Release: Public Defender Discloses Video Evidence of Officers Planting Drugs; Demands Swift Action by Prosecutors and Thorough Review by Police
Pretrial Programs Critical to Eliminating Cash Bail
Prince George's County Public Defender Hosts Expungement Fair
Fallout from Indictment of Baltimore Police Officers Continues as Prosecutors Drop Dozens of Charges
How Does a Public Defender Work
The Cost of Freedom
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