Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office

Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office The official page of the Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office. Chief Public Defender: Jaime Gonzalez First Assistant Public Defender: Jose Luis Bravo Assistant Public Defenders: Dora Garza (County Court at Law 1) Christina Conway-Navarro (County Court at Law 2) Ignacio Mendoza (County Court at Law 4) Gina Vela (County Court at Law 5) Nereida Lopez-Singleterry (County Court at Law 6) Sofia Kamal (County Court at Law 7) Catarina Alvarado (County Court at Law 8) -Juvenile/ Child Welfare Division: Deputy Public Defender: Lawrence Esparza Assistant Public Defender: Michael Parsons

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This week we celebrated Sofia Kamal’s 12 years of service with the Hidalgo County Public Defender’s Office.   During thi...
06/06/2020

This week we celebrated Sofia Kamal’s 12 years of service with the Hidalgo County Public Defender’s Office. During this time her efforts have helped thousands of individuals. Let’s wish her and her family the best in their new home. Thank you for everything Sofia. We will miss you.

04/17/2020
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Despite the continuing humanitarian crisis, we thrive to provide effective legal representation for the citizens of Hidalgo County. The Hidalgo County Public Defenders Office is fortunate to have a functional relationship with our local District Attorneys Office. However, we must never stop “doing more” for the “rights and lives” of the accused who have NOT been found guilty.

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03/31/2020

Due to COVID-19, your Hidalgo County Public Defender’s Office is adjusting to the situation. We are currently working to reset dates or court hearings and the office will be communicating these changes to those impacted. Additionally, we will not be conducting in-person meetings with clients at this time but remain available by phone or email. Thank you for your patience and rest assured that we are continuously working to resolve your case.

Larry Esparza
Hidalgo County Chief Public Defender

Please come to our free three day juvenile conference!  Availability is fast going.  For any questions, call Michael Par...
03/12/2020

Please come to our free three day juvenile conference! Availability is fast going. For any questions, call Michael Parson or Maria Melendez @ (956) 292 7040.

Welcome lunch for our new Assistant Public Defender, Vanessa Mendoza. Welcome to our office and to Hidalgo Co. criminal ...
01/10/2020

Welcome lunch for our new Assistant Public Defender, Vanessa Mendoza. Welcome to our office and to Hidalgo Co. criminal defense bar! ⚖️

Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office
12/23/2019

Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office

Today 430th State District Court Judge Israel Ramon presided over the graduation ceremony for the Hidalgo County Veteran...
08/29/2019

Today 430th State District Court Judge Israel Ramon presided over the graduation ceremony for the Hidalgo County Veterans Treatment Court. Your Hidalgo County Public Defenders Office is honored to assist our veterans and we look forward to continuing to work alongside our Veterans Court Team. #HidalgoCountyPublicDefender

Congratulations to Public Defenders Jose Ozuna, Cathy Alvarado and Ashley Mariscal on their Not Guilty verdict in county...
06/25/2019

Congratulations to Public Defenders Jose Ozuna, Cathy Alvarado and Ashley Mariscal on their Not Guilty verdict in county court 6 on a DWI case, recently!

Congratulations to Public Defenders Mikson Ehimika and Ashley Mariscal on your not guilty verdict in County Court 4!!
05/01/2019

Congratulations to Public Defenders Mikson Ehimika and Ashley Mariscal on your not guilty verdict in County Court 4!!

Today was a very emotional day as the Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office bid farewell to its Chief of 14 years, Jai...
04/05/2019

Today was a very emotional day as the Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office bid farewell to its Chief of 14 years, Jaime "Jimmy" Gonzalez. In those years he has built and expanded the office, helped countless people along the way, and has been a champion for justice. Although we are sad to see him go, we wish him success and happiness in the future. Good luck, Jimmy!

Congratulations to our Public Defenders, Mario Palacios and Mikson Ehimika on their Not Guilty verdict last week!
04/02/2019

Congratulations to our Public Defenders, Mario Palacios and Mikson Ehimika on their Not Guilty verdict last week!

Happy International Women’s Day! 💜
03/08/2019

Happy International Women’s Day! 💜

Happy Birthday Patti.  Enjoy your Birthday Weekend.
12/07/2018

Happy Birthday Patti. Enjoy your Birthday Weekend.

The Hidalgo County Public Defender’s Office would like to wish everyone a HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
11/22/2018

The Hidalgo County Public Defender’s Office would like to wish everyone a HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

Happy Birthday Cathy Silva Alvarado.  Enjoy your Birthday Weekend.  Go ahead and take Monday off. 🎉🎁🎂🎈🎶🎉
11/09/2018

Happy Birthday Cathy Silva Alvarado. Enjoy your Birthday Weekend. Go ahead and take Monday off. 🎉🎁🎂🎈🎶🎉

Happy Birthday Mikson.   Enjoy your 30’s
11/03/2018

Happy Birthday Mikson. Enjoy your 30’s

Congratulations to Public Defender Larry Esparza on his victory in Child Welfare Court in a parental rights termination ...
10/23/2018

Congratulations to Public Defender Larry Esparza on his victory in Child Welfare Court in a parental rights termination trial. Larry’s tireless work ensures another parent is rightfully reunited with her children.

Congratulations to Public Defender’s Mikson Ehimika and Ashley Mariscal on their not guilty verdict in CC7 yesterday.  G...
10/23/2018

Congratulations to Public Defender’s Mikson Ehimika and Ashley Mariscal on their not guilty verdict in CC7 yesterday. Great Job.

Congratulations to Public Defenders Mikson Ehimika and Cathy Alvarado for your win on directed verdict today in County C...
09/11/2018

Congratulations to Public Defenders Mikson Ehimika and Cathy Alvarado for your win on directed verdict today in County Court at Law #8!!

At TCDLA's 31st Annual Rusty Duncan Conference. Our Chief Public Defender Jimmy Gonzalez (also a member of the Texas Cri...
07/05/2018

At TCDLA's 31st Annual Rusty Duncan Conference. Our Chief Public Defender Jimmy Gonzalez (also a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Education Institute Board), works hard to raise money for TCDLEI, an organization that awards scholarships to attorneys who may not otherwise be able to take advantage of some of the amazing opportunities TCDLA provides.

Celebrated my birthday at lunch yesterday with the best office crew ever.  Hidalgo County Public Defender’s Office Rocks...
05/05/2018

Celebrated my birthday at lunch yesterday with the best office crew ever. Hidalgo County Public Defender’s Office Rocks.

National Public Defense Day was earlier this week, on March 18th, celebrating the 55th anniversary of the historic Gideo...
03/22/2018

National Public Defense Day was earlier this week, on March 18th, celebrating the 55th anniversary of the historic Gideon v. Wainwright decision which established a right to counsel for indigent defendants.

The Public Defender's Office bids farewell to attorney Gina Vela, after 6 years with us. Thank you for your service and ...
01/19/2018

The Public Defender's Office bids farewell to attorney Gina Vela, after 6 years with us. Thank you for your service and good luck with all your future endeavors, Gina!

Congratulations to Jose L. Bravo and Sofia Kamal for 10 years of service to the Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office,...
01/11/2018

Congratulations to Jose L. Bravo and Sofia Kamal for 10 years of service to the Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office, and a commitment to giving a voice to the indigent.

01/02/2018

🎈🎊🎉🎆Happy New Year from the Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office! 🎈🎊🎉🎆

Public Defender Christmas Luncheon
01/02/2018

Public Defender Christmas Luncheon

Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office
12/21/2017

Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office

Happy Holidays from the Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office!
12/20/2017

Happy Holidays from the Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office!

12/19/2017

Congratulations to Michael Shane Parson for organizing and putting together the First Annual Juvenile Law Conference earlier this month. Thank you to all those who came to speak, and to those who came to learn. It was great to see everyone come together for the purpose of learning how to help our next generation succeed.

07/19/2017
WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore

WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore

DID OFFICER PLANT DRUGS?

The Office of the Public Defender has released body cam video they say shows a Baltimore officer planting drugs that resulted in an arrest: http://cbsloc.al/2tg1klI

Baltimore PD set to discuss this case during a 3:30 p.m. press conference.

Earlier this week we celebrated the birthday of our colleague, Larry Esparza. Happy birthday Larry!
05/13/2017

Earlier this week we celebrated the birthday of our colleague, Larry Esparza. Happy birthday Larry!

This week our office had back-to-back NOT GUILTY verdicts on DWI cases. Congratulations to Ignacio Mendoza and Jaime Gon...
05/04/2017

This week our office had back-to-back NOT GUILTY verdicts on DWI cases. Congratulations to Ignacio Mendoza and Jaime Gonzalez for their victories in County Court 4 and County Court 1, respectively. Great job!

Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office's cover photo
05/04/2017

Hidalgo County Public Defender's Office's cover photo

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100 N. Closner, 5th Floor
Edinburg, TX
78539

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(956) 292-7040

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