Contact Information Edit

Program Name:  Hillsborough County Public Defender
700 East Twiggs Street 5th Floor

Tampa, FL  33602

Main Phone:  (813) 272-5980   

Fax number:  (813) 272-5588
E-Mail address:
Internet Site:

Mailing Information Edit

PO BOX 172910 TAMPA, FL   33672

Program Information Edit

Eligibility requirements:  Based on income
Controlling agency  Office Of The Public Defender
Hours of operation:  8am-5pm Monday-Friday
Fees charged:  Sliding scale depends on charge and case
Intake procedure:  Call for assistance
Area served:  Hillsborough County
Languages spoken or available:  English/Spanish

Service Description Edit

The Public Defender is an elected officer responsible for providing indigent legal defense services in Hillsborough County. The Public Defender heads an office staffed by attorneys, investigators and support staff that provide legal representation and assistance to persons determined by a court to be unable to afford private legal counsel. In addition to representing individuals charged with capital felonies, non-capital felonies, misdemeanors, criminal traffic offenses and criminal contempt, the Public Defender also provides legal services to children charged with delinquent acts in Juvenile Court and for persons facing involuntary commitment under the Baker Act and the Involuntary Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators (Ryce) Act.The Public Defender also maintains an office at the Plant City Courthouse.