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Public Defender

Our Mission

The Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office is the primary legal services provider for indigent people in need of legal representation in criminal and family court in Dutchess County.  

Our office is comprised of attorneys, social workers, investigators and dedicated support staff who work together as a team to provide client-centered, holistic legal representation and services.  Our attorneys are professional, assertive, compassionate and zealous advocates, who possess a steadfast commitment to protecting our clients’ rights and achieving a more just legal system.  

We work with our clients to ensure that they are well-informed and empowered to make knowledgeable decisions. Through this collaborative effort, we strive to achieve results that meet our clients’ legal and personal objectives.


In-take interviews are conducted in the office daily between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.


Fishkill Office

About the Public Defender