It is the mission of the Stanislaus County Public Defender's Office to provide quality legal representation to indigents who are accused of criminal offenses, involved in juvenile court proceedings or who are involved in statutorily defined civil proceedings. The goal is to provide a fully competent, effective, and ethical defense to each client whose cause has been entrusted to the office for representation; to provide all mandated legal services in a cost effective and efficient manner; and to conduct that representation in a manner that, in so far as possible, the county criminal justice system operates effectively, efficiently, and achieves justice. The federal and state constitutions and statutes, along with county decisions and rules, require the County to provide these legal services to individuals who cannot afford to hire lawyers.
Our office is dedicated to serving our indigent population with high quality representation. This service begins with our professional clerical staff who are here to assist all our clients’ needs.