To defend all poor persons accused of crimes and offenses punishable by jail.
The Public Defender provides legal representation to all indigent persons accused of crime in Broome County. This office acts as defense counsel from arraignment through trial and all stages of appeal for cases ranging from simple violations to homicides. This involves the full range of investigatory, pretrial, and appellate representation required in criminal cases. The office services each of the 19 Village and Town Justice Courts, the Binghamton City Court, the Broome County Court, and all higher Appellate Courts. Attorneys and Investigators are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist recent arrestees.