Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are changing the way we work. Our physical offices are closed, but we continue to work remotely. If you need to reach us, you can still call us. You can reach us by phone by calling our main phone lines, 410-962-3962 (Baltimore) or 301-344-0600 (Greenbelt), and use the directory to connect to the staff person you are trying to reach. Please leave a message if we miss your call, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
The U.S. District Court is closed except for emergency matters until April 24, 2020. We will continue to communicate with clients, appear in court for emergency matters, and tend to cases, even if cases are delayed. But we are also taking seriously our responsibility—everyone’s responsibility—to slow the spread of the contagion. And we do that by limiting direct contact with each other and with members of the general public. Thank you for understanding.
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.