Have you or someone in your family been arrested and you need answers to what to do next? Click here.



Proposition 47 was passed by the voters and became law on November 5, 2014.  The law made some non-violent property crimes, where the value does not exceed $950, into misdemeanors.  It also made some simple drug possession offenses into misdemeanors.  Click here to read more.



Defenders must address underlying causes of criminality

Click here to read the entire article


Poor defendants deserve good clothes, too

“You have the right to an attorney … if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you.”

Read story by clicking here for LA Daily News, or by clicking here for a hard copy.


Welcome to the Law Offices of the Los Angeles County Public Defender

winston photoPublished in 1/9/15 Daily Journal

Addressing childhood trauma in the justice system

As a young attorney, I was trained to investigate the allegations against a defendant, gather the facts, study the law and work zealously to ensure my client received a fair trial.  But a few years after I began working as a deputy public defender in the juvenile delinquency system, I realized that was not enough. Not for many of my clients, including a 14-year-old boy who was detained at a local center. The boy's mother was distraught when I met with her. A single parent, she worked two jobs to keep the family off welfare. Still, she told me, she made sure she was there every morning to get her son off to school. And before starting her second shift, she came home to make dinner. Her efforts, however, had failed to keep him safe, she said. In trying to keep the family from sinking deeper into poverty, she had left her son alone in a rough South Los Angeles neighborhood where violence was plentiful and services scarce.

Get the .pdf copy of article by clicking here. . . . . .

To read Portable Document Format (PDF) please download Adobe Acrobat Reader.



©2012 Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office. All Rights Reserved.