Merced County Public Defender


We are now open during regular business hours.  Office appointments for misdemeanor cases are currently still being conducted by phone.  Please call to schedule an appointment to speak to your attorney. 

Merced Office: (209) 385-7692
Los Banos Office: (209) 710-6030

If you need to provide proof of community service, payments or programs, please e-mail documents to You may still email proof or you now can come by and we can scan it into your file. 

Our Purpose

Individuals unable to afford private counsel are daily appointed skilled and dedicated attorneys from our office.  Thousands of clients a year facing the lowest level misdemeanor to the most serious felony receive the benefit of our legal counsel and trial advocacy. 

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide effective advocacy for the accused.  All of our clients are treated in a way that recognizes their fundamental dignity and humanity, attributes that survive all accusations and judgments.