General Information

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    2220 Tulare Street, Suite 300,
    Fresno, CA 93721
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The law Office of the Public Defender safeguards the interests of all residents by vigorously protecting the rights of those accused of crimes or facing civil commitments. The Office provides skilled attorneys and passionate advocacy, and plays an important role in the county’s administration of justice. 
Elizabeth Diaz, Public Defender  

Elizabeth Diaz
Public Defender

This site is an effort to assist you in understanding who we are, what we do and how we may assist you. We hope the information presented will help answer many questions about how we function and how the criminal justice system in Fresno County operates in general.
These pages include our office locations, contact information, and employment information. We also included helpful links to the websites of other members of the community who play a significant role in the criminal justice system. In addition, our Frequently Asked Questions page provides answers for common questions about the criminal justice system. 

For specific types of cases we handle, see Dependency ("CPS" cases) Family Law--Child Support , Felonies, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanors, and Proposition 47. We also handle mental health cases involving incompetence to stand trial, LPS conservatorships and related proceedings, Mentally Disordered Offenders, pleas of not guilty by reason of insanity, and SVPA proceedings. Although the Office of the Public Defender does not usually assist people directly with certificates of rehabilitation and expungements, we do provide information and forms on How to Clean Up Your Record

We appreciate your interest and hope this service will be of some help. Should you require further information, just e-mail or call us and we will be more than happy to assist you.  


This site is intended to provide general information which you should verify with a lawyer before relying upon. This site 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 a lawyer.