Office of the Municipal Public Defender

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“The right of one charged with crime to counsel may not be deemed fundamental and essential to fair trials in some countries, but it is in ours. From the very beginning, our state and national constitutions and laws have laid great emphasis on... safeguards designed to assure fair trials... in which every defendant stands equal before the law. This noble ideal cannot be realized if the poor man charged with crime has to face his accusers without a lawyer to assist him.”

—Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963)

Applying For A Public Defender

You can submit your application in person, by mail, fax, email, or our web based application.

The web-based application is the fastest and easiest way to apply for our services.

The PDF application(PDF, 557KB) can be printed out and completed by hand, or they can be filled out digitally with Adobe Acrobat Reader to be e-mailed to our office at or submitted to our office by mail, fax, or email.

If dropping off an application in person you can visit our office at 710 West Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80204 during our business hours between 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. If you need to drop off an application outside of business hours we have a drop box outside of our office. For your convenience we also have a drop box outside room 150 inside the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse.

Solicitar un Defensor Público

Puede enviar su solicitud en persona, por correo, fax, correo electrónico o nuestra solicitud basada en la web.

La solicitud en PDF(PDF, 545KB) puede imprimirse y completarse a mano, o puede completarse digitalmente con Adobe Acrobat Reader para enviarse por correo electrónico a nuestra oficina a o enviarse a nuestra oficina por correo, fax o correo electrónico.

Si entrega una solicitud en persona, puede visitar nuestra oficina en 710 West Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80204 durante nuestro horario comercial de 9:30 a. m. a 12:00 p. m. Si necesita dejar una solicitud fuera del horario comercial, tenemos un buzón fuera de nuestra oficina. Para su comodidad, también tenemos un buzón fuera de la sala 150 dentro del Palacio de Justicia de Lindsey-Flanigan.

La solicitud basada en la web es la forma más rápida y fácil de solicitar nuestros servicios.


710 West Colfax
Denver, CO  80204

Hours of Operation: 9:30 am-12:00 pm
Phone: (720) 865-2840
Fax: (720) 865-2859

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Our Mission:

Our Vision: 

To provide excellent legal representation and holistic support to our clients by upholding their rights and telling their stories.

Ensuring access to justice and equitable outcomes by advocating for the individuals we serve.


Our Core Values:

• Fight for equity and equal representation.

• Build rapport and trust through support.

• Deliver client-centered justice.

• Listen to and advocate for clients.

• Respect dignity and restore hope.



Frequently Asked Questions

For criminal cases that the Office of the Municipal Public Defender does not represent please see the Colorado State Public Defender or contact (303) 620-4999.

If you have an active warrant we cannot process your application until it is cleared. Please contact the warrants office to figure out your next steps (720) 337-0062.

Our Office doesn't handle Juvenile cases. Please contact (720) 337-0520.

For general case questions please call (720) 337-0410.

For Civil cases please contact (720) 865-7840.

Felony and/or Misdemeanor Probation Supervision in Denver County: Website Or call (303) 607-7104.

Denver County Probation Department (720) 913-8300.