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scalesThe Law Office of the Public Defender
117 South Main St
4th Floor, Reibold Building
Dayton, Ohio 45422
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Main Number: 937-225-4652
Fax: 937-225-3449

Theresa G. Haire, Public Defender

The Law Office of the Public Defender provides legal representation to citizens accused by the government of criminal conduct that can result in a loss of freedom.  We defend cases including Felonies, Misdemeanors, Appeals, and Juveniles. We provide these legal services to all persons and base qualification decisions solely on economic status.


We are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.  Beginning August 24, 2020, our office will modify hours and services to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.  Until further notice, our hours of operation will be 9am - 4pm, Monday - Friday.

We will no longer serve walk-in clients in our office space at the Reibold Building – 117 S. Main St. Dayton, OH 45422.  In-person client meetings with your attorney are by appointment only.  Please contact your attorney to schedule.  

For all current clients:  All current clients should contact their attorney directly or contact our main telephone line at 937-225-4652 during the modified business hours of 9am – 4pm, Monday - Friday. Direct numbers to each of our attorneys are listed on our website.

For new or prospective clients:  New or prospective clients who are not incarcerated will be screened for public defender services in-person at the court building after arraignment.  Clients incarcerated in Montgomery County Jail will complete intakes within the jail setting.

Our focus is, as always, on the health and safety of our employees, clients, and community.  To do our part in slowing the spread of the virus and to protect the vulnerable populations we serve, attorneys and office staff are working remotely when possible.  However, attorneys and staff will still be present at all court proceedings and will continue to meet with clients who are incarcerated.  Montgomery County Jail staff is working with our office to allow consultations with clients in a non-contact setting, including virtual meeting options and secure messaging.  


"We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background.  We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred is a wedge designed to attack our civilization." - F.D.R.