If you’re in the criminal justice system and can’t afford an attorney, the public defender's office can represent you. We help adults and juveniles accused of criminal offenses, and parents and children involved in child protection cases.
Types of cases you can be represented on
- Misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors like theft, disorderly conduct, drunk driving, and assault
- Felonies such as murder, burglary, sexual assault, and property and drug offenses
- Child protection and termination of parental rights
Types of cases we don’t handle
- Violation of prison supervision (parole)
- Child custody
- Civil contempt
- Other civil matters
If you need help with an appeal, contact
Minnesota State Appellate Defender
540 Fairview Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55401
Applying for a public defender
To apply for a public defender, fill out an application at your first appearance. If you are eligible, the judge will appoint us to represent you. One of our lawyers will start working with you at that appearance.