Public Defender

The Venango County Office of Public Defender furnishes quality legal counsel to any person who is charged with a qualified criminal offense, and, for lack of funds as determined by office guidelines, is unable to obtain legal counsel.


Eligibility for the Venango County Public Defender services is based on:

  • Federal poverty guidelines
  • Household assets and responsibilities
  • Household income
  • The nature of the charges

Qualifying Matters

The Public Defender Act authorizes the Office of the Public Defender to provide legal counsel in the following matters:

  • Criminal extradition proceedings
  • Critical pretrial identification procedures
  • Involuntary commitment under the Mental Health Procedures Act
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeals
  • Post conviction hearings at the trial and appellate levels
  • Preliminary hearings
  • Probation and parole violation hearings
  • State habeas corpus proceedings
  • State trials, including pretrial and post-trial motions
  • Superior Court appeals
  • Where a person is charged with juvenile delinquency
  • Any proceeding where personal liberty is in jeopardy