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Missouri Public Defenders are attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri. They provide legal representation to all indigent persons accused or convicted of crimes, and those whose liberty is jeopardized in sexually violent predator commitment proceedings, at the levels of the State Trial Court, Appellate Court, Missouri Supreme Court, and United States Supreme Court.

To qualify for Public Defender services, you must meet indigency standards as determined by the Public Defender Commission in accordance with state statute. People receiving MSPD services are required to contribute toward the cost of their defense, after completion of the case, according to their ability.

Public Defender offices are located throughout Missouri. To determine which office serves a particular county, click on Map of Districts. To find address or telephone information for a particular office, click on Offices and Contacts.

An Application for Services (pdf*) is available for download here, or at any Public Defender office. An application in Spanish (pdf*) is available for download here.

If you have questions about incarceration policies and procedures for people required to serve time in a correctional facility, the Department of Corrections web site answers many of the frequently asked questions (i.e. visitation rules, phone privileges, etc.).

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