PUBLIC DEFENDER

Pickens, Gilmer, and Fannin County, Georgia


OFFICE OF THE CIRCUIT PUBLIC DEFENDER for the APPALACHIAN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF GEORGIA

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Staff:

Attorneys:

Michael Parham
Circuit Public Defender

Clint Hooker
Chief Assistant CPD

Richard Thurman
Pickens  Lead Attorney

Robert Ferguson
Pickens

Jeff Floyd
Gilmer Lead Attorney

Mike McKinney
Fannin Lead Attorney

Fred Forsythe
Juvenile

Investigators:

Alan Morris
Pickens

Charles Lewis
Gilmer

Blake McDaniel
Fannin

Administrators:

Wanda Bernardini
Chief Administrator

Pam McNamara
Pickens

Romelia Roney
Gilmer

Theresa Turner
Fannin


For our clients:

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING -

STAY IN TOUCH WITH OUR OFFICE!

 There are times when you may be arrested if you miss Court,
and we would like to help you avoid jail.

Please call us once each month,
and call us any time your address or
phone number changes.

When you call, we can tell you when you must be in Court.

 Please call the office if your address or phone number changes, or click here to send an email with your updated information. 

If you need a lawyer for a criminal case:

To apply for a Public Defender, you must go to the Magistrate Court of the county where you were accused or arrested and complete an application. There is a $50 charge for making application; you must have this before your application will be accepted. (This is the only payment required until the end of your case.) If you qualify for a Public Defender, the Magistrate Court will notify our office - but you must contact our office to schedule an appointment. Our phone numbers and addresses are below.

Things you might find helpful (click the title):

What Should I Expect in My Case?

Should I Plead Guilty?

For Juvenile Cases - Your First Day in Court

Are You a Candidate for Drug Court?

Our offices:

We have an office in each county. You should call or visit the office in the county where your criminal case is pending. Our offices are located at:

Pickens County office:

505 Cove Rd # 3
Jasper, GA, 30143
(706) 692-6673

Gilmer County office: (in the Courthouse)

1 Broad Street, Suite 001
Ellijay, GA, 30540
(706) 698-7322

Fannin County office:

990 East Main Street, Suite 2
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
(706) 258-4534