The Law Offices of the Public Defender safeguard the interests of all residents by vigorously protecting the rights of those accused of crimes or facing civil commitments. Our offices provide skilled legal counsel and passionate advocacy, and play an important role in the county’s administration of justice. 
 Public Defender Elizabeth Diaz

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. 
Included in these pages is a brief history of our office, our mission statement, office locations, contact information and employment information. We also included helpful links to the websites of other members of the community who play significant roles in the criminal justice system. In addition, our Frequently Asked Questions page provides answers for common questions about the criminal justice system. 

For specific services provided by the Public Defender Office in different areas of law, see Conservatorships, Dependency ("CPS" cases)Family Law--Child Support, Felonies, Juvenile Delinquency, Mental Health Defenses, and Misdemeanors, and Proposition 47. Although the Public Defender Office does not usually assist people directly with certificates and rehabilitation and expungements, we do provide information on cleaning 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.