Important Covid-19 Information
The Public Defender will not be taking in person applications for a Public Defender. Should you need the services of the Public Defender, and you are not incarcerated please printout and complete the application found here or under “Applications Section” below on this page. You can submit your application, together with the required documents by e-mail, fax or U.S. mail.
Fax Number: 610-820-3154
Office of the Public Defender,
Lehigh county courthouse,
455 w. Hamilton street,
Allentown, PA, 18101
Our staff is available by phone to answer any questions between the hours of 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.
LEHIGH COUNTY CHIEF PUBLIC DEFENDER WARNS OF TELEPHONE SCAMMERS WHO ARE CLAIMING TO BE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE
According to Chief Public Defender Kimberly Makoul, numerous individuals have reported receiving telephone calls from a person claiming to be an attorney with the Lehigh County Public Defender's Office. The caller claims that the individual's child/grandchild has been charged with a crime and that bail money must be sent to the attorney immediately. He then directs them to wire the money, often through Walmart, to a third person.
The caller is NOT from the Public Defender's Office. Attorneys from the Public Defender's Office never collect money from anyone for any reason.
Attorney Makoul advises the public that anyone receiving a call requesting money should immediately contact the Lehigh County Public Defender's Office at (610) 782-3157.
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