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PUBLIC DEFENDER
Fayette County > Public Defender
 
 
Fayette County Courthouse
 
Public Defender
 
Fayette County Courthouse
61 East Main Street
Uniontown, PA 15401
 
Telephone: 724-430-1220
         Fax: 724-430-4610
 
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Closed from 12:00-1:00
Mission Statement
 
The Mission of the Office of the Public Defender is to provide legal representation to defendants by safeguarding fundamental individual rights and to guarantee protection afforded by the United States Constitution.
 

The Public Defender handles ONLY criminal proceedings, which include:

 

  1. Juvenile delinquency proceedings
  2. Critical pretrial identification proceedings
  3. State habeas corpus proceedings
  4. Common Pleas Court Trial, from pretrial motions through post-trial motions
  5. Superior Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeals
  6. Post conviction proceedings at both the trial and appellate levels
  7. Preliminary hearings
  8. Criminal extradition proceedings
  9. PFA contempt hearings
  10. Probation and parole proceedings, including revocation thereof; and
  11. Any other situation where representation is constitutionally required

 

Right to Counsel

 

Every person arrested or accused of an offense in Pennsylvania has the right to the assistance of counsel for his defense. The right to counsel includes the right to representation even if the accused is indigent and cannot afford counsel.

 

  • In a prosecution for a summary offense, which carries a fine but not a jail sentence an indigent defendant is not entitled to court-appointed counsel. This is true even if a (payment of the fine could result in imprisonment).
  • Although entitled to free counsel, an indigent defendant does not have the right to defense counsel of his/her choice.
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