Wyoming County Public Defender
The Public Defender’s Office provides legal representation to individuals who cannot afford to retain legal counsel in the criminal courts and Family court in Wyoming County. It also provides representation at the appellate level for criminal and Family Court cases.
In order to qualify for services, clients must fill out financial affidavits which will be reviewed by Public Defender staff based on federal and state guidelines.
In Family Court, the Wyoming County Public Defender’s Office provides representation to individuals involved in custody, visitation, abuse/neglect and support violation matters in Family Court and Support Court.
The clerical support staff of the Public Defender’s Office carries out a number of functions including, but not limited to, financial eligibility intake interviews, file and case information management as well as more traditional clerical functions. As such, they are often the first contact with the client and remain an important line of communication for the client throughout their representation. The support staff also includes a full time investigator, who is also a licensed attorney. Our investigator works closely with the attorney assigned to represent any individual and further enables the office in its mission to provide high quality mandated representation. Our investigator also conducts intake interviews at the Wyoming County Jail and assesses collateral client problems and needs such as substance abuse, physical or mental health needs, housing problems, etc., and thus makes appropriate referrals or works with the assigned attorney to ensure appropriate agencies are available to address client issues.