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Office of Defense Services

Wilmington, DE | https://ods.delaware.gov/
Joined in January 2021

About Us

The Office of Defense Services (ODS) provides defense attorneys for people accused of crimes who cannot afford to hire their own lawyers. The ODS maintains offices in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties. Attorneys with the ODS defend adults and juveniles who have been charged with crimes in Delaware.

The guiding principle at the ODS is that financial means is not a barrier to obtaining zealous legal representation. Our mission is to make sure our clients’ Sixth Amendment rights to an effective lawyer and to a fair trial are respected and realized.

The ODS is an independent state agency whose operations are funded through Delaware’s general fund. The office does not receive any proceeds from fees or charges levied against our clients.

The ODS’ commitment to improving the justice system extends beyond the courtroom. Attorneys and staff with the ODS frequently engage in community outreach events and robust public advocacy.

The Office of Defense Services (ODS) provides defense attorneys for people accused of crimes who cannot afford to hire their own lawyers. The ODS maintains offices in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties. Attorneys with the ODS defend adults…

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