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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. Jones, No. 17-12240 (Oct. 25, 2018)

October 25th, 2018|

In United States v. Jones, No. 17-12240 (Oct. 25, 2018) (Marcus, Tjoflat, Newsom), the Court held that Florida second-degree murder is a violent felony under the elements clause of the Armed Career Criminal Act. The Court rejected the defendant's primary argument that the use of poison did not constitute the use of physical force.  Prior [...]

United States v. Carthen, No. 16-17653 (Oct. 25, 2018)

October 25th, 2018|

In United States v. Carthen, No. 16-17653 (Oct. 25, 2018) (Martin, William Pryor, Baldock), the Court affirmed the defendants' robbery and firearms convictions and sentences over multiple challenges. First, the Court found sufficient evidence that one of the defendants conspired to commit a robbery and voluntarily participated in the robbery with a firearm. Second, the [...]

United States v. Garcia, No. 14-11845 (Oct. 19, 2018)

October 22nd, 2018|

In United States v. Garcia, No. 14-11845 (Oct. 19, 2018) (Marcus, Wilson, Graham (S.D. Ohio)), the Court affirmed the defendant's tax-related convictions. The primary issue was whether reversal was required because the district judge resumed trial without the presence of either the defendant or defense counsel for 3 to 10 minutes, during which time the [...]