What Cases We Handle

In accordance with the Pennsylvania Public Defender Act, the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office provides free legal representation to qualifying indigent clients for all criminal and juvenile delinquency matters.  We take a proactive and client-centered approach to defense advocacy and represent individuals at the earliest opportunity to achieve the best outcomes.

We provide diligent and conscientious representation for every step of the Court process from preliminary hearings, bail requests, pre-trial investigations, pre-trial motions, habeas corpus proceedings, trial advocacy, post-trial motions, appellate court appeals, post-conviction hearings, extradition hearings, probation and parole proceedings and revocations and in any other situations where representation is constitutionally required.

We will also provide legal counsel for critical pretrial identification procedures and police questioning.  We also attend preliminary arraignments at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. If you are facing the possibility of criminal charges or have received criminal charges, it is imperative that you contact our office as soon as possible.

Our Office has a wealth of legal experience, training and knowledge as more than half of our staff attorneys have fifteen to forty years of legal experience. Our staff also consists of experienced criminal investigators with prior law enforcement work experience and training and Pennsylvania licensed and master’s and bachelor’s level social workers dedicated to meeting our clients’ needs.

Our trained team of professionals work together to provide efficient and effective legal services for approximately 6,000 cases each year, with approximately 4,000 cases open at any given time.

Our Office provides free legal representation for qualifying applicants in these major categories:

  • Appellate
  • Felony CasesLuzerne county court room
  • Misdemeanor
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Non-traffic Citations
  • State Parole Hearings
  • Mental Health Hearings
  • Probation and Parole Violations
  • Protection from Abuse Violations