Merced County Public Defender


Due to the current health emergency, we are encouraging contact by phone.

Merced Office: (209) 385-7692
Los Banos Office: (209) 710-6030
If you need to provide proof of community service, payments or programs, please e-mail documents to

Our Purpose

Individuals unable to afford private counsel are daily appointed skilled and dedicated attorneys from our office.  Thousands of clients a year facing the lowest level misdemeanor to the most serious felony receive the benefit of our legal counsel and trial advocacy. 

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide effective advocacy for the accused.  All of our clients are treated in a way that recognizes their fundamental dignity and humanity, attributes that survive all accusations and judgments.