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Public Defender

Established after the landmark 1963 United States Supreme Court case, Gideon v. Wainwright, Public Defenders serve across the United States defending those who are indigent against criminal prosecution.

It is the duty of the Public Defender to provide competent and zealous legal representation to those who may face jail time as a result of criminal prosecution. This means that you can apply for a Public Defender under any trial for Misdemeanor, Felony, violation of Probation/Parole, for certain traffic offenses involving Driving with a Suspended License, for violating a Protection From Abuse Order, Extradition hearings, and any appeals for those prosecutions.

Juvenile defendants, under the law, are automatically entitled to representation by a Public Defender if they desire it.
The Clarion County Public Defender offers these services at no initial cost to those that qualify for representation. Eligibility is based on the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Additionally, the office is funded entirely through the County government; the Clarion County Public Defender does not receive any funding from the federal or state government.

Public Defender Application


Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Closed for most major holidays.

Contact Information

Public Defender
16 Grant Street
Clarion, PA 16214
Telephone: (814) 226-7380
Fax: (814) 226-7698
Jacob Roberts, Esq., Public Defender

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