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 for a Public Defender, a person must be facing the possibility of a jail sentence. 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 contracts must be approved by the Board of Supervisors. Today we have 23 attorneys, 5 investigators, 4 paralegals, one social worker, and a support staff of 4 who handle in excess of over 7,000 cases a year.