Welcome to Office of the Federal Public Defender - District of Oregon

What We Do

The Federal Public Defender provides legal defense for those who have been charged with a federal offense but cannot afford an attorney.

If you are under investigation for a federal offense or if you were contacted by a law enforcement agency concerning a federal investigation, you may need a Federal Public Defender.

In addition, if you were subpoenaed to appear in U.S. District Court, you may need a Federal Public Defender.

You have the right to speak to an attorney prior to questioning and you have the right to have an attorney with you during questioning. If you are contacted by any federal law enforcement agency, tell them that you are requesting an attorney and contact our office.

For Clients and Families

Navigating the judicial system can be stressful and emotionally challenging. We are here to help you and your family through the legal process with the goal of making sure you receive the full benefit of every legal advantage available to you. This website focuses on your needs, to explain and clarify the legal process, and to provide links to resources and services that may be helpful to you.

The Search feature at the top of the page is there to help you find specific information on the website.


Do you have a question? The answer might be here:
Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for Someone?

Find a specific inmate by going here: Inmate Locators

Office of the Public Defender - District of Oregon

The Office of the Federal Public Defender, District of Oregon, operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act of 1964 (CJA), 18 U.S.C. § 3006A. It provides defense services in federal criminal cases and other covered matters to individuals who are financially unable to obtain adequate representation. A person’s eligibility for defender services is determined by the federal court. Defender organization attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.

Health and Social Services

Quickly locate a wide range of services in Oregon and Washington here: 211info

Also, look under the Client Resources tab for additional local resources.

Reentry Court

Reentry programs are designed to assist incarcerated individuals with a successful transition to their community after they are released. The District of Oregon's Reentry Court, established in 2005, was the second such federal program in the nation. Learn more about this valuable program here: Reentry Court