How to Apply

 

How to Apply
 
 
 

IT IS IMPORANT THAT YOU APPLY AS SOON AS YOUR RECEIVE ANY CRIMINAL CHARGES FILED

AGAINST YOU, OR AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED HEARING DATE.

 

IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT THAT YOU APPLY WITH THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE FROM THE

BEGINNING OF YOUR CRIMINAL CASE.

 

Occasionally, Defendants choose to proceed without counsel, pro se, until they realize

that they should have legal counsel, or receive a plea offer that seeks imprisonment as a

sanction. It is important for a Defendant to keep in mind that the Pennsylvania Rules of

Criminal Procedure contain specific time limitations as to various pre-trial motions and

procedures. A Defendant risks not being able to present a full legal defense by not timely

seeking the services of the Public Defender’s Office.

 

 

IN BUTLER COUNTY, AN INDIVIDUAL MUST COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FOR EACH NEW CRIMINAL

CASE FILED AGAINST THEM.

 

You must call the Public Defender’s Office to schedule an appointment and fill

out an application in person. The main phone number is 724-284-5335. YOU MUST

HAVE AN APPOINTMENT!!! Our office hours are from 8:30 am. - 4:30 pm. Please

refer to the Qualifications Tab on this website for more specific information. Your initial

appointment with the Public Defender’s Office is to assess an individual’s financial

qualifications and application, and is not to meet with an attorney at this time.