Public Defender

of Geauga County

The Law Office of the Public Defender

Public Defender

211 Main Street
Chardon, OH 44024

Office Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone:  (440) 279-1890
Fax:  (440) 286-4136

Email:  [email protected]

About the Geauga County Public Defender Office

What We Do

The Law Office of the Geauga County Public Defender provides legal representation to indigent people accused of criminal conduct that can result in a loss of freedom. We handle felonies, misdemeanors, delinquencies, juvenile traffic offenders and unruly conduct. We provide legal representation in child abuse, neglect and dependency cases. We also provide representation for some contempt cases. Eligibility for representation is determined by income.

The Geauga County Public Defender Office does not provide representation in any civil cases, including divorce, custody, and visitation. Public defenders will not give legal advice to non-clients.


The Geauga County Public Defender Office is overseen by a public defender commission comprised of attorneys and lay people appointed by the court and county commissioners.

Downloadable Public Defender Resources

Documents and Forms

Year Category
Convictions That Cannot Be Expunged Under R.C. 2953.32 Convictions-that-Cannot-Be-Expunged-Under-R.C.-2953.32.pdf Apr 5, 2023 2023-04-05 Public Defender
Sealing Record Application Packet SealingRecordAppPacket-11-2022.pdf Jan 27, 2023 2023-01-27 Public Defender
Application for Sealing Record SealingRecordApp-11-2022.pdf Jan 27, 2023 2023-01-27 Public Defender
Financial Disclosure Form FinancialDisclosureForm.pdf Jul 31, 2021 2021-07-31 Public Defender
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Geauga County Public Defender’s Office
211 Main Street
Chardon, Ohio 44024

[email protected]