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Thomas Angell
Public Defender

22 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Voice (845) 486-2280   Fax (845) 486-2266
Toll Free (800) 660-8818 (outside 845 area code only)

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Public Defender Mission Statement imageThe Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office is a legal service component of Dutchess County Government.  We provide quality legal representation to our clients who have criminal charges filed against them and who have been determined to be indigent.  We are also available to assist indigent individuals who have been contacted regarding a criminal police matter, before they have been formally charged.  We advocate for the protection of the constitutional rights of our clients and work toward achieving results that have the greatest likelihood to help and/or rehabilitate our clients.

Business Hours:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


We conduct in-take interviews in the office daily between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  Potential clients are seen on a first come, first served basis between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.


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