Legal Access

Legal Access

The Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office is the primary legal services provider for indigent people in need of legal representation in criminal and family court in Dutchess County.

The office is comprised of attorneys, social workers, investigators and dedicated support staff who work together as a team to provide client-centered, holistic legal representation and services. Attorneys are professional, assertive, compassionate and zealous advocates, who possess a steadfast commitment to protecting our clients’ rights and achieving a more just legal system. Attorneys work with our clients to ensure that they are well-informed and empowered to make knowledgeable decisions. Through this collaborative effort, we strive to achieve results that meet our clients’ legal and personal objectives.


Opportunities for Engagement:

The positions have been filled for the Spring 2023 semester.

Are you interested in getting involved with the Public Defender during the Summer? Visit here for your next steps.


Return to view all Spring 2023 Opportunity Issue Areas here.