The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland is in Phase Three of its recovery plan. We are appearing for virtual court proceedings as well as in person for in-court proceedings that the Court schedules. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, each day some of our staff is working remotely. If you need to reach us, please call us. You can reach us by phone by calling our main phone lines--410-962-3962 (Baltimore) or 301-344-0600 (Greenbelt). Please leave a message if we miss your call, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland represents individuals facing federal criminal charges who cannot afford to retain private counsel. We have offices in both Baltimore and Greenbelt, and our offices include lawyers, on-staff investigators, social workers and paralegals who work as a team on our clients’ cases.
We handle misdemeanor and felony cases involving all types of federal offenses. The court appoints us to represent clients at all phases of the federal criminal process, including prior to indictment when the client has reason to believe he or she is the target of a federal criminal investigation but has not yet been indicted. Most often we are appointed to represent individuals at their initial appearances in U.S. District Court, the first appearance in court on pending charges. We also represent individuals on direct appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. The court also appoints us to handle some post-conviction petitions filed under 28 U.S.C. § 2255.