The Paulding County Public Defender's Office is comprised of 10 attorneys, 2 investigators and 6 administrative assistants.
Angela R. O'Conor
Keenan J. Parsons
Chief Asst. Circuit Defender
Rhonda D. Franklin
280 Constitution Blvd
Ph: (770) 443-3463
Fx: (770) 443-9936
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Georgia Public Defender Council is an independent agency within the executive branch of the state government of Georgia. Our mission is to ensure, independently of political considerations or private interests, that each client whose cause has been entrusted to a circuit public defender receives zealous, adequate, effective, timely, and ethical legal representation, consistent with the guarantees of the Constitution of the State of Georgia, the Constitution of the United States and the mandates of the Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003; to provide all such legal services in a cost efficient manner; and to conduct that representation in such a way that the criminal justice system operates effectively to achieve justice. [Reference: O.C.G.A. § 17-12-1 (c), Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003]
To apply for the services of the Public Defender Office, you will need to call our office (770) 443-3463 to schedule an application interview prior to your court date to complete an application.
Please be advised that the application process requires verification of household income. Where appropriate, be prepared to provide pay stubs, Social Security Statements, food stamp approval, ect. for all adult members of your household. If you are not working, you may be asked to provide Unemployment Benefits information or a letter of separation from your previous employer.
Georgia law requires every person who applies for legal defense services under Chapter 12 of Title 17 to pay the Public Defender's Office (the entity providing the services) a fee of $50.00 for the application for and receipt of such services. [O.C.G.A.§15-21A-6 (c)].
The application fee is $50.00 per file opened and must be paid by Money Order, made payable to "PCBOC" with your name printed clearly on it. Feel free to bring in a blank $50.00 money order and our staff can assist you in filling it out.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at (770) 443-3463. The administrative staff will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. It may be necessary for them to take a message and if so, it will be given to the appropriate person for a return call.
Our office is located on the main floor of the Courthouse in the Watson Government Complex. After passing through security, go through the double doors, turn right and our office is at the end of the hallway.