Due to the epidemic we are facing with COVID-19 (Corona Virus), the Armstrong Public Defenders office will be limiting the number of people visiting the office. We have put the application on-line for your convenience.
We will not contact you regarding your application. Please call after 3 business days to find out if you are eligible.
Public Defender Application Download instructions
To fill out the "Public Defender Application" you will first need to download and install Adobe Reader on your computer. To do this click on the "Download Adobe Reader" button on the Public Defender’s web page. When the program installer starts, answer steps 1 through 3, uncheck the optional offers, and then click the yellow "Download Now" button. To complete the install follow the instruction on the right side of the Adobe Reader install screen.
Click the blue download PDF button to download the Public Defender application.
|James P. Spriestersbach, Jr. - Chief Public Defender
Armstrong County Courthouse
500 E. Market Street, Suite 105 Kittanning, PA 16201
Monday through Friday
8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. to
Client interviews will be held:
8:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
*If you wish to apply for a Public Defender, you must be at the office before 3:30 P.M.
For those wishing to apply for the services of the
Public Defender Office
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU APPLY AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE ANY CRIMINAL
CHARGES FILED AGAINST YOU, OR AT LEAST FOUR (4) BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO
YOUR SCHEDULED HEARING DATE.
IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT THAT YOU APPLY WITH THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE
FROM THE BEGINNING OF YOUR CRIMINAL CASE.
IN ARMSTRONG COUNTY, AN INDIVIDUAL MUST COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FOR
EACH NEW CRIMINAL CASE FILED AGAINST THEM
The Public Defender Office will not mail out applications, you must come to the
office to apply.
Please note that the Public Defender Office does not handle civil cases, traffic
citations or most summary citation unless a jail sentence is anticipated.
*If you are applying on the day of your hearing or within four (4) business days
prior to the hearing, it is your responsibility to request a continuance for said hearing,
it is not the responsibility of this office.
*If you are not told on the day that you apply for the services of a Public
Defender that you are eligible, you must contact this office 3 days after applying to
see if you have been approved for a Public Defender.
WE CANNOT CONTACT YOU!
Your initial appointment will be only to assess an individual’s financial
qualifications and application, you will not meet with an attorney at this time.
Due to attorney-client privacy, the Public Defender’s Office will not discuss
your case with anyone but YOU!
Those persons applying for representation must meet prescribed financial eligibility requirements.
*To apply for the services of the Public Defender Office, you will need to provide:
• Proof of income such as paystubs or the most recent Federal Income Tax return.
• Proof that you receive Social Security Income, Social Security Disability Income,
Welfare or other Public Assistance, Unemployment Compensation Benefits.(If you
are no longer receiving any of these types of income, you will need to provide a
letter from that Department stating that you no longer are receiving those benefits)
• Any copy of Court Order directing the payment or receipt of child support.
• Police Criminal Complaint.
• Hearing Notice.
• Any other documentation regarding income or documentation regarding your criminal
• Income verification is any income that is a part of your complete household.
• If you do not have this information with you, we will not be able to accept your
application. It is your responsibility to provide all of this information so that your
application can be processed.