​​​​​​​​​​County Departments: What's Open/Closed/Modified​​​​

Due to Sacramento County's COVID-19 emergency procedures the Office of the Public Defender is closed to in-person appointments and walk-in visits. 

The office remains open during regular business hours for telephone calls and telephone interviews.  

​We ask that you refrain from calling the office before 9:00 a.m. as our staff is taking calls from in-custody clients prior to 9:00 am.  ​


​Public Defender

Steven M. Garrett

The Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office represents the majority of people in Sacramento County who are charged with crimes. The Court appoints the Public Defender to represent people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Our lawyers, investigators and support staff are committed to serving our clients and our community with professionalism, creativity and dedication. We represent many thousands of people each year, from young children who are victimized by sex traffickers to adults charged with serious crimes. We care about our clients and strive to obtain the best result for each client. We do so efficiently while providing quality and effective representation to our clients. 

We have seven ​divisions:

  • ​​Juvenile
  • Misdemeanor
  • Felony
  • Research
  • LPS/Conservatorship
  • Investigations
  • State Prison

 Each is staffed with talented, dedicated trial lawyers, investigators and other professionals who work together as a team to represent our clients. We try hundreds of cases a year, and we are proud of our effectiveness. 

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