- 11/16/2013 Social Worker Position Available with the Public Defender(526KB) The Alameda County Public Defender's Office seeks social workers passionate about providing re-entry services and advocacy to felony clients that fall under realignment (AB 109) for a 12 month position.
- 09/19/2013 Public Defender Woods Asks Gov. Brown to Sign Law Allowing Low-Level Drug Offenses To Be Charged As Misdemeanors(57KB) The measure would allow low-level drug possession offenses to be charged as misdemeanors, reducing the stigma and barriers that a felony conviction causes. This common sense measure would help the communities that our office serves.
- 08/28/2013 When Cops Lie If an officer has lied under oath, prosecutors are supposed to tell defense attorneys about it, but that doesn't always happen. Dishonest cops also are supposed to lose their jobs, but that doesn't always happen either.
Welcome to the
Office of the Alameda County Public Defender
Our mission is to zealously protect and defend the rights of our clients through compassionate and inspired legal representation of the highest quality, in pursuit of a fair and unbiased system of justice for all.
We were the second public defender’s office created in the nation, chartered in 1927 by Earl Warren. He would later go on to become Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. During its first year, our office employed two lawyers.
Today, there are 100 attorneys, 18 investigators and a support staff of 40, who together handle approximately 40,000 cases a year. In 2012, the office was named the "Best Law Firm" in the East Bay by the Alameda County Bar Association.
Within the pages of this website, you will find information regarding the role, functions, and services of the Public Defender, the history of the Office, answers to frequently asked questions, a directory of our law office locations, and employment information.
The Criminal Docket Finder was developed in accordance with Marsy’s Law to provide victims with information on the defendant’s appearance at public proceedings.
Criminal Docket Finder
The Inmate Locator provides information regarding arrested and in-custody persons in Alameda County and reflects the most recent information known to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Inmate Locator
DISCLAIMER: This site is meant to provide information of a general nature which you should verify with an attorney before relying upon it. It does not provide legal advice and is not meant to establish an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice you should ALWAYS contact an attorney.