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 County Criminal, Juvenile, Appellate & Family Law Courts.
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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. The main office is housed in the Frank Crowley Courts

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. The main office is housed in the Frank Crowley Courts

Operating as usual

Our partnership with Uptrust is already a benefit to clients!https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/dallas-county-public-defe...
08/11/2020
Dallas County Public Defender's Office and Uptrust Launch Platform to Help Defendants Make It to Court

Our partnership with Uptrust is already a benefit to clients!
https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/dallas-county-public-defenders-office-and-uptrust-launch-platform-to-help-defendants-make-it-to-court/2424016/

The Dallas County Public Defender’s Office and Uptrust, the social justice communication platform, have announced a new partnership to employ Uptrust’s two-way communication technology to help defendants make it to court.

Chief Public Defender Lynn Pride Richardson will be one of the features speakers at this virtual event. Click the link t...
06/28/2020
On June 30th, SVP Dallas holds Part II of a discussion on the criminal justice system in the United States and how it might be reformed into an equitable and just system.

Chief Public Defender Lynn Pride Richardson will be one of the features speakers at this virtual event. Click the link to register!

On June 16th, as a part of the SVP Dallas Responds series, we held our first discussion on the criminal justice system in the United States and how it might be reformed into an equitable and just system. On June 30th, we hold Part II of that discussion. “Mass incarceration is the result of small, ...

Former PDs, PD Family, Dallas County PDs and Federal PDs—Black Lives Matter to Public Defenders.
06/08/2020

Former PDs, PD Family, Dallas County PDs and Federal PDs—Black Lives Matter to Public Defenders.

06/08/2020
As we close out this week, we want to reassure you that our Public Defenders have been working tirelessly for their clie...
03/27/2020
Dallas County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information

As we close out this week, we want to reassure you that our Public Defenders have been working tirelessly for their clients despite the difficulties that we are all facing with the Coronavirus pandemic. We remain committed to providing effective legal representation, and continue the fight to get our clients released from jail. If you have any questions about a case where a Public Defender represents you or a loved one, you can call us at (214) 653-3550 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The website listed below has Coronavirus updates and information, including graphs on confirmed cases in Dallas County and Dallas County testing sites and criteria. Stay home, stay safe Dallas!

https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/

03/16/2020

To our family in the Dallas community: we know that you rely on us when your loved ones get caught up in the criminal justice system. Please be assured that Public Defenders are still working, still showing up every day to fight for our clients’ rights. Our mission continues.

For those with loved ones in jail in Dallas County:  in-person visitation has been suspended, but the sheriff is making ...
03/13/2020
Dallas County Sheriff Office Cancels Jail Visitation Due to Coronavirus Concerns

For those with loved ones in jail in Dallas County: in-person visitation has been suspended, but the sheriff is making video visitation free. See link in comments for video visitation set-up info.
https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/dallas-county-sheriff-cancels-jail-visitation-due-to-coronavirus-concerns/2329660/

In-person jail visitation has been suspended and will not resume until further notice out of coronavirus safety precautions. The Dallas Sheriff Office will offer video visitation free of charge. Legal counsel in-person visitation is still allowed. Officials said they have implemented enhanced intake...

This group of Public Defenders is volunteering at the 3rd annual Dallas County Expunction Expo.  Thanks to Randall Scott...
09/14/2019

This group of Public Defenders is volunteering at the 3rd annual Dallas County Expunction Expo. Thanks to Randall Scott for sharing the photo. Volunteer Catherine Gould must be behind the lens. Afternoon crew arrives soon!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We're very proud of our caring Mental Health Case Managers who work so hard to sup...
05/01/2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We're very proud of our caring Mental Health Case Managers who work so hard to support and advocate for our clients with mental and behavioral health diagnoses. Here is Lead Mental Health Case Manager Angela Heggins serving up some treats to make the day a little sweeter for our clients today.

If you listen to this Serial podcast, you'll hear the disturbing sentiment:  "innocent equals misdemeanor."  What that m...
04/26/2019
Episode 01: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center

If you listen to this Serial podcast, you'll hear the disturbing sentiment: "innocent equals misdemeanor." What that means is that even if you're innocent, you may not get a "not guilty" or a "case dismissed." Many, many innocent people accused of felony offenses settle for misdemeanor convictions. Trials are risky. Time off for multiple court settings could mean losing a job. The criminal justice system is broken, and it breaks people right along with it.

A young woman at a bar is slapped on the butt. So why’s she the one in jail?

People accused of a crime are entitled to a "jury of their peers."  But as journalist Jennifer Emily observed when she w...
04/25/2019
Who's to blame when a black man's jury is nearly all white? Maybe you

People accused of a crime are entitled to a "jury of their peers." But as journalist Jennifer Emily observed when she was chosen to serve on this case in which Public Defenders Elizabeth Berry and Brad Lollar represented a client accused of capital murder, peers are often unwilling to serve. Berry and Lollar’s zealous defense resulted in their client being acquitted of capital murder and convicted on a lesser charge of murder with a life sentence, sparing his life and making him eligible for parole.
https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2019/04/24/blame-black-mans-jury-nearly-white-maybe-selection-criminal-justice-reform-dallas-texas-diverse-batson

I judge you. You judge me. We do it all the time.Except when it comes to jury duty.Then, many people don’t want to sit in judgment. It makes them...

A Mental Health Awareness Month message from lead Mental Health Case Manager Angela Heggins:
05/28/2018

A Mental Health Awareness Month message from lead Mental Health Case Manager Angela Heggins:

Color Of Change – End Money Bail
05/24/2018
Color Of Change – End Money Bail

Color Of Change – End Money Bail

Across the country, there is widespread, unchecked racism when it comes to who prosecutors and judges force to pay bail, and how much they are forced to pay.

05/15/2018
Acknowledging and Managing Implicit Bias

Implicit bias—do you know what it is?

Dr. Bryant T. Marks, associate professor of Psychology at Morehouse College, delivers a training on implicit bias in the criminal justice system context. Thi...

A Mental Health Awareness Month message from Mental Health Public Defender Roger Lenox:
05/08/2018

A Mental Health Awareness Month message from Mental Health Public Defender Roger Lenox:

Timeline Photos
05/03/2018

Timeline Photos

Join me and the Dallas County Public Defender’s Office as we recognize the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month...
05/01/2018

Join me and the Dallas County Public Defender’s Office as we recognize the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Our goal is to partner with criminal justice professionals, advocates, mental health professionals, consumers and family members in creating and implementing programs that address the needs of people with mental health issues in the criminal justice system and combat the stigma associated with mental illness.

There was no wave of compassion when addicts were hooked on crack
04/22/2018
There was no wave of compassion when addicts were hooked on crack

There was no wave of compassion when addicts were hooked on crack

Faced with a rising national wave of opioid addiction and its consequences, families, law enforcement and political leaders around the nation are linking arms to save souls. But 30 years ago, it was a different story. Ekow Yankah, a Cardozo School of Law professor, reflects on how race affects our n...

“75% of drug court graduates remain arrest-free,” Chief Public Defender Lynn Pride Richardson shares, speaking on Behavi...
03/21/2018

“75% of drug court graduates remain arrest-free,” Chief Public Defender Lynn Pride Richardson shares, speaking on Behavioral Health Specialty Courts and best practices at the Coalition on Mental Health monthly meeting at Mental Health America of Greater Dallas. The Dallas County Public Defender’s Office represents many clients in specialty courts in Dallas County.

Chief Lynn Richardson is here answering your questions about obtaining legal representation and posting bail. #Community...
01/23/2018

Chief Lynn Richardson is here answering your questions about obtaining legal representation and posting bail. #CommunityOutreach #PublicService #Justice

"You are entitled to legal representation and an attorney that will advocate for you!" Chief Lynn Richardson #Justice #P...
01/23/2018

"You are entitled to legal representation and an attorney that will advocate for you!" Chief Lynn Richardson #Justice #PublicServant

Investigator Cletus Judge is giving great insight into law enforcement during the arrest process! Chief Lynn Richardson ...
01/23/2018

Investigator Cletus Judge is giving great insight into law enforcement during the arrest process! Chief Lynn Richardson will be presenting next!

Gideon's Promise
10/24/2017
Gideon's Promise

Gideon's Promise

We can discuss any number of reforms but the first step, the most critical step, is learning to see poor people as human beings. We must see impacted communities as people worthy of respect. To do this we must hear their stories. This is only done through public defenders. Sadly, too many people refused to listen when Selmin Feratovic’s public defender tried to tell his story. Thanks to all the public defenders who refuse to let this cruel system define those we are privileged to represent.

09/13/2017
Power of Prosecutors

Prosecutors have the power to end mass incarceration, to seek justice over convictions, to change the justice system for the better. It takes courage and commitment.

Prosecutors have the power to end mass incarceration today. Learn what you can do to hold them accountable. Brooklyn votes Tuesday September 12! Over 1000 el...

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06/28/2017
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Braid your sisters’ pigtails. Get them on the school bus. Walk half a mile to the convenience store to buy groceries with the food-stamp card.

Advice from your local Public Defender...just so happens, the police agree!
05/30/2017
Advice from cops: Don’t talk to cops

Advice from your local Public Defender...just so happens, the police agree!

All over this country, prison cells are filled with innocent people falsely convicted for crimes they did not commit, and many of them will spend the rest of their lives regretting the day they agreed to talk to the police. Learn More...

Vera Institute of Justice
04/28/2017
Vera Institute of Justice

Vera Institute of Justice

For millions of Americans who have been in prison or jail, the legal and life-restricting consequences of a criminal conviction continue even after they get out.

In recognition of National #ReentryWeek, we’ve put a spotlight on the work Vera has done and is doing to better prepare incarcerated people to come home and live healthier, productive lives with the people they love.

Address

133 N Riverfront Blvd
Dallas, TX
75207

General information

CRIMINAL, MENTAL HEALTH, APPELLATE, DNA and CAPITAL DIVISIONS Frank Crowley Criminal Courts Building 133 North Riverfront Blvd. Suite C-1, LB 2 Dallas, Texas 75207 (214) 653.3550 Office (214) 653.3539 Fax Office Location: 9th Floor of the Frank Crowley Criminal Courts Building. JUVENILE and CPS DIVISIONS Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center 2600 Lone Star Drive Suite A-132, LB 2 Dallas, Texas 75212 (214) 698.4400 Office (214) 698.4329 Fax Office Location: 1st Floor of the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center. FAMILY DIVISION George Allen Courts Building 600 Commerce Street Suite 465-G, LB 63 Dallas, Texas 75202 (214) 653.6153 Office (214) 653.7993 Fax Office Location: 4th Floor of the George Allen Courts Building.

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(214) 653-3550

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