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The Southern District of Florida Federal Public Defender’s Office is dedicated to defending our clients with compassion and vigor.

The Southern District of Florida Federal Public Defender’s Office is dedicated to defending our clients with compassion and vigor.

The Southern District of Florida Federal Public Defender’s Office is dedicated to defending our clients with compassion and vigor.

The Southern District of Florida Federal Public Defender’s Office represents clients who have been charged with a federal crime and who cannot afford to hire a private defense attorney. Each attorney is appointed to represent his or her client by the Court. We are passionate in our mission to provide effective legal representation, and are dedicated to defending our clients with compassion and vigor.

We understand that navigating the legal system is a stressful and difficult process for our clients and their families. Our website is designed to bring a sense of transparency and accessibility to this process.

The Southern District of Florida Federal Public Defender’s Office represents clients who have been charged with a federal crime and who cannot afford to hire a private defense attorney. Each attorney is appointed to represent his or her client by the Court. We are passionate in our mission to provide effective legal representation, and are dedicated to defending our clients with compassion and vigor.

We understand that navigating the legal system is a stressful and difficult process for our clients and their families. Our website is designed to bring a sense of transparency and accessibility to this process.

Information for clients and families

Here, you can find information on how to find your court-appointed attorney. This section also answers frequently asked questions related to arrest, bail, detention, sentencing, and appeals.

Client Information

Information for clients and families

Here, you can find information on how to find your court-appointed attorney. This section also answers frequently asked questions related to arrest, bail, detention, sentencing, and appeals.

Client Information

Resources for attorneys

This section provides resources for attorneys who have been appointed under the Criminal Justice Act, and information for attorneys seeking admission to the Criminal Justice Act Panel. Training and CLE opportunities are available.

Attorney Resources

Resources for attorneys

This section provides resources for attorneys who have been appointed under the Criminal Justice Act, and information for attorneys seeking admission to the Criminal Justice Act Panel. Training and CLE opportunities are available.

Attorney Resources

Legal News & Updates

United States v. Knowles, No. 16-16802 (May 15, 2018)

May 16th, 2018|

In United States v. Knowles, No. 16-16802 (May 15, 2018) (Jordan, Martin, Ginsburg), the Court concluded that the district court erred by excluding lay identification testimony, but it found the error harmless. The district court had admitted under Rule 701 identification testimony from a government witness.  The Court rejected the defendant's argument that the testimony [...]

Congratulations!

May 14th, 2018|

To Arun Ravindran and Vanessa Chen for securing a government dismissal in a case involving drug and gun charges. Arun and Vanessa moved to suppress the evidence and the magistrate judge agreed that the evidence should be excluded. Rather than objecting to the judge's report and recommendation, the government dismissed.