This website presents general information about the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) and the services that PDS offers to its clients and the public. It is not intended as legal advice and it does it establish an attorney-client relationship.
The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is here to help you and your family as you navigate the District of Columbia’s juvenile and criminal justice systems. Any contact with the justice system—whether it’s an arrest, conviction, or incarceration—can cause stress, confusion, and hardship in your life. We are committed to serving you during this difficult time, and we hope you will find the below information helpful.