San Luis Obispo Defenders has been defending the community for over 35 years. Our job as Public Defenders is to provide legal services for people charged with crimes ranging from the simplest misdemeanor to complex capital cases. In order to qualify to receive the assistance of a Public Defender a person must be facing the possibility of a jail sentence. A Public Defender must be appointed to you by a judge. We do not represent people in traffic court. In addition to representing adults in criminal court our firm represents defendants in juvenile court, as well as conservatorship cases.
We are a professional law corporation operating under contract with the County of San Luis Obispo. The contract must be approved by the Board of Supervisors.
Patricia Nemec Ashbaugh – Managing Attorney
Steven D. Rice – Assistant Managing Attorney