County Resources

The County Resources page provides a unique, centralized resource for county-specific information relating to Ohio's indigent defense system, as well as links to relevant websites in each county.

At the county level, indigent defense services are provided by county public defender offices, not-for-profit corporations, court-appointed counsel, and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. The defense system used by each county is determined by the local board of county commissioners.

In fiscal year 2014, Ohio's county public defenders handled more than 250,000 cases, and appointed counsel handled nearly 120,000

 
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     Adams County

Herman Carson, Athens County Branch Office
Multi-County Branch Office Program
5 North Court Street, 2nd Fl., Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: (740) 593-6400 | Fax: (740) 594-2074

     Allen County

Steve Chamberlain, Allen County Public Defender
109 N. Union Street, Lima, Ohio 45801
Appointed January 25, 2011 for a four year term.
Phone: (419) 221-5220 | Fax: (419) 998-5517

     Ashland County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Ashtabula County

Marie Lane, Ashtabula County Public Defender
4817 State Road, Suite 202, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
Term: Contract Services
Phone: (440) 998-2628 | Fax: (440) 998-2972

     Athens County

Herman Carson, Athens County Branch Office
Multi-County Branch Office Program
5 North Court Street, 2nd Fl., Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: (740) 593-6400 | Fax: (740) 594-2074

     Auglaize County

201 Willipie Street, Suite 14, P.O. Box 180, Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895
Appointed February 1, 2014 for a four year term.
Phone: (419) 739-6796 | Fax: (419) 739-6797

 

     Belmont County

Frank Pierce, Belmont County Public Defender Office
100 West Main Street, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950
Term: Appointed December 21, 2012 for a four year term.
Phone: (740) 695-5263 | Fax: (740) 695-5639

     Brown County

Herman Carson, Athens County Branch Office
Multi-County Branch Office Program
5 North Court Street, 2nd Fl., Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: (740) 593-6400 | Fax: (740) 594-2074

     Butler County

315 High Street, 8th Floor, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Appointed March 17, 2010 for a four year term.
Phone: (513) 887-3540 | Fax: (513) 887-3545

10 Journal Square, 3rd Floor, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Term: Contract Service
Phone: (513) 241-9400 | Fax: (513) 894-7669 | Toll: (800) 582-2682

 

     Carroll County

Stephen J. Kandel, Carroll County Public Defender
20 Second Street SE, Carrollton, Ohio 44615
Re-appointed February 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016.
Phone: (330) 627-5595 | Fax: (330) 364-2423

     Champaign County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Clark County

50 East Columbia Street, 4th Floor, Springfield, Ohio 45502
Re-appointed August 26, 2015 for a four year term.
Phone: (937) 521-1725 | Fax: (937) 328-2715

     Clermont County

Willard Haynes, Clermont County Public Defender Office
302 E. Main Street, Batavia, Ohio 45103
Appointed October 5, 2015 for a three year term.
Phone: (513) 732-7223 | Fax: (513) 732-5382

     Clinton County

111 S. Nelson Street, Suite 4, Wilmington, Ohio 45177
Appointed January 1, 2013 for a four year term.
Phone: (937) 382-1316 | Fax: (937) 382-8670

     Columbiana County

Frederic E. Naragon, Columbiana County Criminal Defense Co.
P.O. Box 61, Salem, Ohio 44460
Term: Contract Services
Phone: (330) 337-9578 | Fax: (330) 337-1223

     Coshocton County

Jeffrey A. Mullen, Coshocton County Public Defender Office
239 North 4th Street, Coshocton, Ohio 43812
Re-appointed March 1, 2014 for a four year term.
Phone: (740) 623-0800 | Fax: (740) 623-0296

     Crawford County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Cuyahoga County

 

     Darke County

Paul Wagner, Indigent Legal Assistance Fund of West Central Ohio
111 North Bridge Street, P.O. Box 315, Gettysburg, Ohio 45328
Term: Contract Services
Phone: (937) 447-8181 | Fax: (937) 841-0020

     Defiance County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Delaware County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

 

     Erie County

220 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Re-appointed February 16, 2015 for a four year term.
Phone: (419) 627-6620 | Fax: (419) 627-6633

 

     Fairfield County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Fayette County

Herman Carson, Athens County Branch Office
Multi-County Branch Office Program
5 North Court Street, 2nd Fl., Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: (740) 593-6400 | Fax: (740) 594-2074

     Franklin County

Yeura R. Venters, Franklin County Public Defender Office
373 South High Street, 12th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Re-appointed February 11, 2012 for a four year term.
Phone: (614) 525-3194 | Fax: (614) 525-6470

     Fulton County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

 

     Gallia County

Andrew J. Noe, Gallia County Defense Attorneys Corp.
19 Locus St., P.O. Box 301, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631
Term: Contract Services
Phone: (740) 446-9356

     Geauga County

211 Main Street, Chardon, Ohio 44024
Re-appointed December 1, 2011 for a four year term.
Phone: (440) 279-1890 | Fax: (440) 286-4136

     Greene County

90 East Main Street, Xenia, Ohio 45385
Re-appointed March 1, 2012 for a four year term.
Phone: (937) 562-5041 | Fax: (937) 562-5671

     Guernsey County

 

     Hamilton County

230 East Ninth Street, 2nd Floor, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Re-appointed August 1, 2014 for a two year term.
Phone: (513) 946-3700 | Fax: (513) 946-3707

     Hancock County

Paul Maekask, Hancock County Public Defender Office
100 E. Main Cross, Suite 200, Findlay, Ohio 45840
Term: December 31, 2015
Phone: (419) 424-7276 | Fax: (419) 424-7274

     Hardin County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Harrison County

C. Adrian Pincola, Harrison County Public Defender Office
112 North Main Street, P.O. Box 427, Cadiz, Ohio 43907-0427
Re-appointed January 1, 2013 for a four year term.
Phone: (740) 942-2080 | Fax: n/a

     Henry County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Highland County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Hocking County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Holmes County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Huron County

David J. Longo, Huron County Public Defender Office
16 E. Main St., 2nd Floor, Norwalk, Ohio 44857
Re-appointed October 5, 2016 for a two year term.
Phone: (419) 668-3702 | Fax: (419) 668-3707 (call first)

 

     Jackson County

Herman Carson, Athens County Branch Office
Multi-County Branch Office Program
5 North Court Street, 2nd Fl., Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: (740) 593-6400 | Fax: (740) 594-2074

     Jefferson County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

 

     Knox County

John S. Pyle, Knox County Public Defender 
11 East High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Appointed January 1, 2017 for a four-year term.
Phone: (740) 393-6734 | Fax: (740) 392-7978

 

     Lake County

125 East Erie Street, Suite 50, Painesville, Ohio 44077
Appointed January 22, 2014 for a four year term.
Phone: (440) 350-3200 | Fax: (440) 350-5715 or (440) 918-5715

     Lawrence County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Licking County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Logan County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Lorain County

     Lucas County

M. Sean McNulty, Chief Public Defender
Toledo Legal Aid Society 
555 N. Erie Street, Suite 248, Toledo, Ohio 43604
Term: Contract Services
Phone: (419) 244-8351

 

     Madison County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Mahoning County

     Marion County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Medina County

Jocelyn Stefancin, Medina County Public Defender Office
120 West Washington Street, Suite 2D, Medina, Ohio 44256
Appointed February 18, 2015 for a four year term.
Phone: (330) 764-8437 | Fax: (330) 764-8440
Brunswick Office: (330) 225-7100 | Wadsworth Office: (330) 336-6657

     Meigs County

Herman Carson, Athens County Branch Office
Multi-County Branch Office Program
5 North Court Street, 2nd Fl., Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: (740) 593-6400 | Fax: (740) 594-2074

     Mercer County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Miami County

Steven R. Layman, Miami County Public Defender Office
Courthouse, 2nd Floor, 201 West Main Street, Troy, Ohio 45373
Appointed January 3, 2015 for a four year term.
Phone: (937) 440-3950 | Fax: (937) 440-3951

     Monroe County

C. Mark Morrison, Monroe County Public Defender Office
117 North Main Street, Woodsfield, Ohio 43793
Re-appointed January 2015 for a one year term.
Phone: (740) 472-0703 | Fax: (740) 472-9190

     Montgomery County

117 S. Main Street, Suite 400, P.O. Box 972, Dayton, Ohio 45422
Re-appointed July 1, 2014 for a two year term.
Phone: (937) 225-4652 | Fax: (937) 225-3449

     Morgan County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Morrow County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Muskingum County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

 

     Noble County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

 

     Ottawa County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

 

     Paulding County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Perry County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Pickaway County

Herman Carson, Athens County Branch Office
Multi-County Branch Office Program
5 North Court Street, 2nd Fl., Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: (740) 593-6400 | Fax: (740) 594-2074

     Pike County

Herman Carson, Athens County Branch Office
Multi-County Branch Office Program
5 North Court Street, 2nd Fl., Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: (740) 593-6400 | Fax: (740) 594-2074

     Portage County

209 South Chestnut St., Suite 400, Ravenna, Ohio 44266
Re-appointed August 7, 2013 for a four year term.
Phone: (330) 297-3665 | Fax: (330) 298-2064

     Preble County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Putnam County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

 

     Richland County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Ross County

Multi-County Branch Office Program
14 S. Paint St., Suite 54, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Phone: (740) 772-4772 | Fax: (740) 772-4825

 

     Sandusky County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Scioto County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Seneca County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Shelby County

129 E. Court Street, Sidney, Ohio 45365
Appointed January 1, 2015 with the term expiring on December 31, 2016.
Phone: (937) 498-1714 | Fax: (937) 658-6124

     Stark County

201 Cleveland Avenue SW, Suite 104, Canton, Ohio 44702
Re-appointed July 1, 2013 for a four year term.
Phone: (330) 451-7200 | Fax: (330) 451-7227

     Summit County

Joseph S. Kodish, Legal Defender Office of Summit County, Ohio Inc.
One Cascade plaza, Suite 1940, Akron, Ohio 44308
Term: Contract Services
Phone: (330) 434-3461 | Fax: (330) 434-3371

 

     Trumbull County

Matthew Pentz, Trumbull County Branch Office
Office of the Ohio Public Defender
112 East Market Street, Warren, Ohio 44481
Phone: (234) 220-6990 | Fax: (330) 393-7076

     Tuscarawas County

153 North Broadway, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
Re-appointed January 1, 2015 for a four year term.
Phone: (330) 364-3523 | Fax: (330) 364-7616

 

     Union County

Perry R. Parsons, Union County Criminal Defense Lawyers
111 W. Sixth Street, Marysville, Ohio 43040
Term: Contract Services
Phone: (937) 644-3144 | Fax: (937) 644-3517

 

     Van Wert County

Scott R. Gordon, Van Wert County Public Defender Office
116 Wast Main Street, Van Wert, Ohio 45891
Term: Contract Services
Phone: (419) 238-0114 | Fax: (419) 238-4705

     Vinton County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

 

     Warren County

     Washington County

Raymond Smith, Washington County Branch Office
Multi-County Branch Office Program
Wesbanco Building, 200 Putnam Street, Suite 200, Marietta, Ohio 45750
Phone: (740) 373-1441 | Fax: (740) 373-2133

     Wayne County

Rodney A. Baca, Wayne County Public Defender Program
113 West Liberty Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691
Term: Appointed January 1, 2016 for a four-year term..
Phone: (330) 287-5490 | Fax: (330) 287-5479

     Williams County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

     Wood County

Kathleen M. Hamm, Wood County Public Defender Office
123 North Summit Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Re-appointed August 16, 2014 for a four year term.
Phone: (419) 354-9244 | Fax: (419) 353-9865

     Wyandot County

Court Appointed Counsel Only
Please contact the appropriate County Court for more information

OFFICE OF THE OHIO PUBLIC DEFENDER

  250 EAST BROAD STREET
SUITE 1400
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215
(614) 466-5394
(800) 686-1573