Dallas County Public Defender's Office

Dallas County Public Defender's Office Our mission is to ensure that all our clients receive quality legal representation in the Dallas The main office is housed in the Frank Crowley Courts Building.

Dallas County established a Public Defender's Office in 1983 to give judges an alternative to the established ad hoc appointment system for indigent persons charged with criminal and juvenile offenses. Since its inception, the office has developed into a multifaceted office, representing individuals in the criminal, juvenile and family courts. It is comprised of felony, capital defense, misdemeano

r and mental health attorneys who represent individuals accused of committing a crime. The main office also houses the appellate and DNA divisions, which handle legal matters that arise post-conviction. The Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center houses the juvenile division. The attorneys in this division represent juveniles accused of delinquent conduct and parents involved in child custody CPS cases. The George Allen Courts Building houses the family division. These attorneys represent children in child custody cases and respondents in child support cases. In all cases, the individuals represented by the Public Defender’s Office have been found “indigent” by the court. A defendant is deemed indigent when he/she does not have sufficient income to afford an attorney for legal representation. If the court finds a defendant is indigent, the court must appoint a public defender or contract attorney to represent him/her. Indigence is determined solely by the court in which the case is assigned. PUBLIC DEFENDER’S CREED

I AM A PUBLIC DEFENDER,

I AM THE GUARDIAN OF THE
PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE. MY CLIENTS ARE THE
INDIGENT ACCUSED. THEY ARE THE LONELY,
THE FRIENDLESS. THERE IS NO ONE TO
SPEAK FOR THEM BUT ME. MY VOICE WILL BE
RAISED IN THEIR DEFENSE. I WILL PROTECT AND DEFEND
MY CLIENTS AND THE
CONSTITUTIONS
OF THE UNITED STATES AND
THE STATE OF TEXAS.

Happy Fourth of July!
07/04/2024

Happy Fourth of July!

🚨 Mark Your Calendars! 🚨The 8th Annual Dallas County Expunction Expo is coming up! Applications open on July 8, 2024, at...
07/03/2024

🚨 Mark Your Calendars! 🚨

The 8th Annual Dallas County Expunction Expo is coming up! Applications open on July 8, 2024, at 8:00 a.m., and only the first 500 applicants will be accepted.

🗓️ When: July 8, 2024, at 8:00 a.m.
🌐 How to Apply: Online at www.dallascounty.org/expunction or by phone at 214-875-4999.

This is your chance for a fresh start. Don't miss out!

07/03/2024

In this episode of The Deep Dive, we explore the diligent work of A Change for Cam, an organization committed to raising awareness about the dangers of fentanyl use. Joined by Texas mom Becky White, we delve into her personal experience with her son Cameron’s struggles with mental health and substance use, culminating in his tragic death due to fentanyl poisoning.

Becky’s journey has taken her to the Nation’s Capital, The Texas State Capitol, and various communities throughout Texas, all to save lives. A Change for Cam is committed to awareness, advocacy, and intervention. Listeners will learn about the warning signs of fentanyl use, as Becky details Cameron’s story, finding support among parents, and speaking to different communities.

Men’s Health Month is a nationally recognized period for awareness, prevention, education, and family engagement for the...
06/04/2024

Men’s Health Month is a nationally recognized period for awareness, prevention, education, and family engagement for the health and well-being of men and young men.

Remember the old adage:
“Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day.
Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime”

The same can be said about heath and well-being!

It is always more impactful, meaningful, and personal when we teach others how to thrive in their day-to-day lives.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We honor their diverse cultural heritage and support their me...
05/29/2024

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We honor their diverse cultural heritage and support their mental health. Help is available for all. http://FindSupport.gov

🇺🇸 In observance of Memorial Day, the Dallas County Public Defender's Office is closed today. We honor and remember thos...
05/27/2024

🇺🇸 In observance of Memorial Day, the Dallas County Public Defender's Office is closed today. We honor and remember those who have served. 🇺🇸 We'll reopen tomorrow.

05/23/2024

🎧New Episode Live!

Episode 8: Healing from Within: The Youth180 Approach

In this episode we explore the transformative work of Youth180, an organization at the forefront of adolescent outpatient treatment in Dallas. Joined by President and CEO Keri Stitt, we dive into Youth180’s holistic and trauma-responsive approach to helping young people and their families overcome substance use challenges.

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Last Saturday, our office proudly participated in   in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.NAMIWalks brings together ...
05/20/2024

Last Saturday, our office proudly participated in in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.

NAMIWalks brings together individuals who selflessly contribute their time, share their stories, and dedicate their hearts to the cause: Mental Health for All.

Our commitment to providing holistic representation extends to promoting mental health initiatives. We believe in taking proactive steps to support mental well-being, both within our office and in the broader community.

Glowing from the inside out? Pregnancy is beautiful, but it can also be emotionally complex. This  , remember it’s okay ...
05/13/2024

Glowing from the inside out? Pregnancy is beautiful, but it can also be emotionally complex. This , remember it’s okay to not feel okay. Mood swings, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed are all common. If you’re struggling, you’re not alone! SAMHSA has resources to support your mental health journey. ➡️ http://988lifeline.org/help-yourself/maternal-mental-health/

¿Te sientes radiante? El embarazo es hermoso, pero también puede ser una etapa compleja emocionalmente. Durante el Mes de , recuerda que está bien no sentirse bien. Los cambios de humor, ansiedad o sensación de agobio son comunes. Si estás pasando por un momento difícil, ¡no estás sola! SAMHSA tiene recursos para apoyar tu salud mental. ➡988lifeline.org/es

The Dallas County Public Defender’s Office partners with many local organizations to support our mission of service to t...
05/10/2024

The Dallas County Public Defender’s Office partners with many local organizations to support our mission of service to the community. NAMI North Texas is a local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to mental health awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need. We’re participating in NAMIWalks North Texas 2024 with them on Saturday May 18th and would love to see you out there. Commissioner Theresa Daniel John Wiley PriceElba Garcia Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins Andrew Sommerman

Important Details:

Event Date:
Saturday May 18, 2024

Event Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am CT

Location:
Riders Field
7300 Roughriders Trail Frisco, TX 75034

I'm supporting NAMI!

In-person talks promote healthy mental development. This Mental Health Awareness Month, talk to your children and teens ...
05/08/2024

In-person talks promote healthy mental development. This Mental Health Awareness Month, talk to your children and teens about mental health. Need help getting started? http://samhsa.gov/talk-they-hear-you

Las conversaciones en persona promueven un desarrollo mental saludable. Este Mes de , habla con tus hijos y adolescentes sobre la salud mental. ¿Necesitas ayuda para comenzar? Para padres y cuidadores | SAMHSA

What’s your favorite greeting for your child when they get home from school or when you are back from work? Did you have...
05/06/2024

What’s your favorite greeting for your child when they get home from school or when you are back from work? Did you have a fun day learning? Or I’m so happy to see you! Consistent and reassuring interactions positively impact a child’s mental health. Learn more about how to support them at all ages and stages. samhsa.gov/families/parent-caregiver-resources

Ever wondered how mental health awareness can make a real difference?One of the key benefits is shedding light on the si...
05/02/2024

Ever wondered how mental health awareness can make a real difference?

One of the key benefits is shedding light on the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders.

By raising awareness, we empower individuals to recognize these symptoms early on. This early recognition is crucial—it allows people to seek help before their condition escalates, minimizing the impact on their social and professional lives.

When individuals are proactive about their mental health, the outcomes can be transformative:

Complete Recovery: Early intervention increases the likelihood of a full recovery journey.

Reduced Complications: By addressing symptoms promptly, individuals can avoid the complications that often accompany untreated mental health issues.

Longer, Healthier Lives: Seeking help early can prevent devastating consequences such as substance abuse and su***de.

Moreover, spreading awareness equips the community to identify those in need of support. When we're all knowledgeable about mental health, we become better equipped to reach out to those who may be struggling and guide them towards the care they deserve.

Let's continue to shine a light on mental health, break down stigma, and foster a culture of understanding and support. Together, we can make a positive impact on countless lives. 💚

The Dallas County Public Defender's Office is proud to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month! Since its inception in 1...
05/01/2024

The Dallas County Public Defender's Office is proud to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month! Since its inception in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been a cornerstone of addressing the challenges faced by millions of Americans living with mental health conditions.

Staying engaged is great for mental well-being, especially when we are older. Nurturing your connections with loved ones, joining a social group, or volunteering for something you care about is helpful to feel active and connected. Embracing movement through walks, yoga, or dancing also benefits both body and mind. Challenging yourself with brain teasers, exploring a new hobby, or learning something new helps to keep the mind sharp. Remember, if you need mental health support, a doctor or therapist is also an option.

In this episode of The Deep Dive, we delve deeper into vital mental health discussions alongside Chief Medical Officer, ...
04/10/2024

In this episode of The Deep Dive, we delve deeper into vital mental health discussions alongside Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Judith Hunter, from Metrocare Services, North Texas's premier provider of mental health services, catering to over 55,000 adults and children each year. At Metrocare, a commitment to a person-centered philosophy ensures that care is tailored to individual needs. Throughout our conversation, listeners will gain insights into distinguishing between the roles of psychiatrists and psychologists, managing the potential side effects of medications, and effectively navigating through mental health crises.

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We are pleased to celebrate National Minority Health Month with the HHS Office of Minority Health and promote this year’...
04/02/2024

We are pleased to celebrate National Minority Health Month with the HHS Office of Minority Health and promote this year’s theme, Be the Source for Better Health: Improving Health Outcomes Through Our Cultures, Communities, and Connections. Learn more about the theme: hhs.gov/national-minority-health-month/

Join us and the HHS Office of Minority Health this National Minority Health Month and learn how we can Be the when we are responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices and consider how social determinants of health impact the communities we serve: hhs.gov/national-minority-health-month/

This National Minority Health Month the HHS Office of Minority Health encourages everyone to Be the for racial and ethnic minority populations. Read how addressing social determinants of health can help eliminate health disparities and learn how you can take action in your community: hhs.gov/national-minority-health-month/

Every day, over 150 lives are lost to synthetic opioids like fentanyl, according to the CDC. Last Thursday, the Dallas C...
03/25/2024

Every day, over 150 lives are lost to synthetic opioids like fentanyl, according to the CDC. Last Thursday, the Dallas County Public Defender’s Office hosted a poignant presentation shedding light on the devastating impact of fentanyl use.

Becky White, founder of A Change for Cam, bravely shared her personal journey, recounting her son Cameron’s struggles with mental health and substance abuse, culminating tragically in his death from a fentanyl overdose.

Through this moving discussion, attendees gained insights into recognizing the warning signs of fentanyl use, responding to overdose crises, and the life-saving potential of Narcan/Naloxone. More importantly, they were inspired to take action in their own spheres—whether in schools, churches, or communities—to combat this epidemic.

Let's turn awareness into action. Together, we can make a difference. For more information and support, visit Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA and A Change for Cam.

On March 8th, The Dallas County Public Defender's office celebrated International Women's Day by honoring trailblazers i...
03/11/2024

On March 8th, The Dallas County Public Defender's office celebrated International Women's Day by honoring trailblazers in law!

02/22/2024
Macon Bolling Allen was the first known licensed Black attorney, an abolitionist, and a judge. He was born in Indiana in...
02/22/2024

Macon Bolling Allen was the first known licensed Black attorney, an abolitionist, and a judge. He was born in Indiana in 1816 and later moved to Boston in 1844 and then Maine. In Maine, Allen served as a law apprentice to a prominent attorney with anti-slavery views who advocated for Allen’s admission to the Maine bar. Allen was also a partner at the first black law firm in America. A Bar Association and Civil Rights Clinic are named after him. During Black History Month, we honor Allen and those like him who have paved the way for those to come after.

Constance Baker Motley was a pioneering civil rights activist, lawyer, and judge who played a major role in the legal ba...
02/15/2024

Constance Baker Motley was a pioneering civil rights activist, lawyer, and judge who played a major role in the legal battle for equality.

From the late 1940s through the early 1960s, Motley played a pivotal role in the fight to end racial segregation. She was the first African American woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court and the first to serve as a federal judge.

Her advocacy and landmark cases broke down racial and gender barriers, leaving a lasting impact on American history. Her legacy will continue to live on.

The Dallas County Public Defender's Office is proud to celebrate Black History Month, as we highlight and honor the many...
02/07/2024

The Dallas County Public Defender's Office is proud to celebrate Black History Month, as we highlight and honor the many adversities and achievements of African Americans.

The month of February gives individuals the unique opportunity to have meaningful dialogue, celebrate community, and reimagine what possibilities lie ahead.

In honoring Black History Month, we will recognize key leaders in the practice of law.

Black History Month Events:
Tue, Feb 13, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mind - Black Communities in Dallas Presentation by Historian Donald Payton
Records Building, 7th floor
500 Elm Street, Dallas, TX

Saturday, Feb 17, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Family Day & Read-In
African American Museum of Dallas, at Fair Park
3536 Grand Ave, Dallas, TX

Wed, Feb 21, 5pm - 7:30pm
Body - A Musical Celebraion featuring Rob Holbert Jazz Group
Records Building, 2nd floor
500 Elm Street, Dallas, TX

Tue, Feb 27, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Soul - Mental Health and Wellness
Expert panel in collaboration with the City of Dallas
African American Museum of Dallas
3536 Grand Ave, Dallas, TX

Love in Black: A Film Series
Feb. 13, 2024, Moonlight; 7 p.m., 231 Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX, 75208

Feb. 20, 2024, Something New; 7 p.m., 231 Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX 75208

Feb. 27, 2024, Poetic Justice, 7 p.m., South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas, TX 75210

Last Sunday, The Dallas County Public Defender's Office engaged in a meaningful conversation at Hamilton Park United Met...
01/31/2024

Last Sunday, The Dallas County Public Defender's Office engaged in a meaningful conversation at Hamilton Park United Methodist Church shedding light on the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system. Chief Public Defender Lynn Richardson took center stage, emphasizing crucial aspects such as recognizing signs of mental illness, understanding civil commitment, and finding encouragement and assistance within the legal system.

Following the discussion, representatives of the Dallas County Public Defender's office joined the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority, NAMI North Texas, and the Regional CARE Team to host a mental health fair. The collaborative effort aimed to diminish the stigma surrounding mental health and foster awareness about available resources and support for individuals and loved ones facing mental health challenges. Together, these organizations worked towards creating a more compassionate and supportive community.

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01/02/2024

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Join Lynn Richardson in an insightful conversation with Judge Kristin Wade as they delve into the transformative world of problem-solving courts. In this episode, Judge Wade shares the profound impact of her court on individuals battling mental health challenges. Discover the innovative incentives t...

Join Lynn Richardson in an insightful conversation with Judge Kristin Wade as they delve into the transformative world o...
01/02/2024

Join Lynn Richardson in an insightful conversation with Judge Kristin Wade as they delve into the transformative world of problem-solving courts. In this episode, Judge Wade shares the profound impact of her court on individuals battling mental health challenges. Discover the innovative incentives that empower participants and the pivotal role of community partnerships in providing tools and motivation for success in society. Tune in to explore how this unique approach fosters hope, resilience, and real-life solutions for those in need.

If you have any comments and/or feedback, please email Alexis McCowan at [email protected]

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About The Deep Dive

The Deep Dive with the Dallas County Public Defender's Office facilitates meaningful conversations and promotes awareness regarding the justice system and other related hot topics in the community. Our goal is to educate, inform, and expose listeners to how the justice system works, and in doing so, help break the barriers that lack of information can create. We are eager to introduce information on a variety of topics from legal professionals, government officials, community organizers, social service providers and citizens navigating their way through life in the Metroplex.

Head of the Immigration Division, Jordan Po***ck will be a presenter at the 47th Annual Conference on Immigration and Na...
10/31/2023

Head of the Immigration Division, Jordan Po***ck will be a presenter at the 47th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law on Nov. 2-3! This event is hosted by the UT Law CLE. The conference will be available via live webcast.

Repost from World Health Organization (WHO)"World Mental Health Day 2023 is an opportunity for people and communities to...
10/10/2023

Repost from World Health Organization (WHO)

"World Mental Health Day 2023 is an opportunity for people and communities to unite behind the theme ‘Mental health is a universal human right” to improve knowledge, raise awareness and drive actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental health as a universal human right.

Mental health is a basic human right for all people. Everyone, whoever and wherever they are, has a right to the highest attainable standard of mental health. This includes the right to be protected from mental health risks, the right to available, accessible, acceptable, and good quality care, and the right to liberty, independence and inclusion in the community.

Good mental health is vital to our overall health and well-being. Yet one in eight people globally are living with mental health conditions, which can impact their physical health, their well-being, how they connect with others, and their livelihoods. Mental health conditions are also affecting an increasing number of adolescents and young people.

Having a mental health condition should never be a reason to deprive a person of their human rights or to exclude them from decisions about their own health. Yet all over the world, people with mental health conditions continue to experience a wide range of human rights violations. Many are excluded from community life and discriminated against, while many more cannot access the mental health care they need or can only access care that violates their human rights.

WHO continues to work with its partners to ensure mental health is valued, promoted, and protected, and that urgent action is taken so that everyone can exercise their human rights and access the quality mental health care they need. Join the World Mental Health Day 2023 campaign to learn more about your basic right to mental health as well as how to protect the rights of others."

09/27/2023

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Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
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