Office of the Public Defender
Montour County Public Defender
Laurie L. Pickle
334 Rail Road Street
PO Box 426
Danville, PA 17821
570.275.1602 - phone
570.275.1603 - fax
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Hours of Operation
About Our Office
The Pennsylvania General Assembly enacted the Public Defender Act in 1968. Under this law, the Public Defender in each county is responsible for furnishing legal counsel to any person who, for lack of sufficient funds, is unable to obtain legal counsel in any criminal action where representation is constitutionally guaranteed.
A Public Defender must represent any person whose indigence prevents them from obtaining council.
If you cannot afford an attorney, you may fill out an Application for Legal Representation at the Public Defender’s Office. You must provide proof of income and any papers that you have pertaining to your charge. If you are eligible, you will be provided with representation by the Public Defender’s Office. Please please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Proceedings Public Defenders Provide Counsel For
- Juvenile delinquency proceedings
- Critical pretrial identification proceedings
- State habeas corpus proceedings
- Common Pleas Court Trial, from pre-trial motions through post-trial motions
- Superior Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeals
- Post conviction proceedings at both the trial and appellate levels
- Preliminary hearings
- Criminal extradition proceedings
- Mental health proceedings
- PFA contempt hearings
- Probation and parole proceedings, including revocation
- Any other situation where representation is constitutionally required