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The Cattaraugus County Public Defender's Office provides high quality legal representation to those who are unable to afford to hire an attorney.

We represent individuals charged with all levels of criminal offenses including:  Felonies, misdemeanors, and violations (excluding vehicle and traffic violations that are charged independently from other criminal offenses.)  We also represent people in family court proceedings including:  Neglect, abuse, custody, child support violations, and family offense matters.  Persons alleged to have violated terms of probation and/or parole are also eligible for legal representation through our office.

If you are in need of our assistance please feel free to come to our office located at 175 North Union Street, Olean, NY  14760 or contact us by phone at (716)-373-0004.  We have a simple eligibility form that we would ask you to complete so that we may qualify you for our assistance.  Our friendly clerical staff stands ready to assist you in the completion of this form if you have any questions.

The dedicated staff at The Cattaraugus County Public Defender's Office is committed to holistic representation.  To this end, we have a social worker, two investigators, clerical staff, and a team of talented and qualified attorneys prepared to zealously represent you with care.

In compliance with federal and state constitutions, the Cattaraugus County Public Defender's Office is a legal service component of Cattaraugus County Government which:

  • provides quality legal representation to its clients;
  • advocates for the protection of the constitutional rights of its clients;
  • contributes to the efficient and effective operation of the criminal justice system in Cattaraugus County;
  • where appropriate, advocates and works toward achieving results that have the greatest likelihood to help rehabilitate clients;

The Cattaraugus County Public Defender's office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  In the unfortunate event that you are an individual who is being arrested anywhere in Cattaraugus County at any time; rest assured that a lawyer from our office will appear with you in court at arraignment and help you.

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