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Public Defender Service

http://www.pdsdc.org

Who We Are

  • The Public Defender Service provides defense on a court-appointed basis for criminal (trial and appellate) and delinquency cases where the defendants and respondents are indigent adults and juveniles.
  • Its Mental Health Division provides representation to persons facing involuntary civil commitment based on allegations that the person is a danger to self or others as a result of mental illness.
  • It has a parole division that represents almost all defendants charged with violating parole and facing revocation.
  • It provides assistance and sample legal pleadings (but not legal representation) to individual who are seeking to seal their adult DC criminal records.

Who We Serve

Area(s)
Statewide
Additional Service Area Info
PDS serves persons with criminal or juvenile records in DC Superior Court, regardless of where the person currently resides.
Language(s) Spoken
  • French / Français
  • Spanish / Español
Cirumstances and languages in which interpreters are provided

If a client does not speak English and we do not have someone on staff who speaks the client's language fluently, we will hire an interpreter. If investigating client's case requires interpretation (for example, to communicate with a witness), again, we either use staff or hire an interpreter as necessary.

Income Guidelines

No income requirements for assistance by the duty day attorney in determining criminal records sealing eligibility and for receiving the sample motions package.

Is this organization accessible by wheelchair?
Yes
Does this organization provide access for the hearing impaired?
Yes

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Brief Advice
  • Self-Help Materials
Description of Services

We provide an information package and sample motions which can be filed by persons representing themselves attempting to seal their criminal records.

How to Get Help

You can contact this organization by:

Walk-in +

Hours
Monday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Information

1 block from D.C. Superior Court. Closest metro - Green/ Yellow lines -- Archives/Navy Memorial. Red line -- Gallery Place/Chinatown, Verizon Center exit.

Ask for the duty day attorney.

Phone +

Phone Number
(202) 628-1200 or (800) 341-2582
Hours
Monday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Information

Ask for the duty day attorney.

General Contact Information

Address
Public Defender Service
633 Indiana Avenue, N.W. (map)
Washington, DC 20004
Phone
(202) 628-1200
Toll Free
1-800-341-2582
Fax
(202) 626-8423
Website
http://www.pdsdc.org
Last Review and Update: Jan 22, 2013

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