The Public Defender's Office for Montgomery County was established to protect and defend the rights of people who have been accused of committing various (misdemeanor and felony) crimes and who are unable to afford the cost of hiring an attorney on their own. Our client-centered representation begins at first appearance (within 72 hours of arrest), when a person charged has the first opportunity to be seen and heard before the court.  The clients we represent are supported by an adept interdisciplinary team of advocates, including lawyers, social workers, investigators, client advocates, and a team of support staff, who assist clients as they navigate through their criminal case.