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Kevin O’Connell sworn in as Chief Defender of the Delaware Office of Defense Services

Date Posted: Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Kevin O’Connell was sworn in as Chief Defender of the Delaware Office of Defense Services on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. during a small ceremony at the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center in Wilmington. O’Connell was appointed to the position by Governor John Carney and confirmed by the Delaware Senate in May. He […]

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Office of Defense Services named 2020 Top Workplace in Delaware

Date Posted: Friday, September 11th, 2020

For the 10th year in a row, the News Journal recognized the Office of Defense Services as a top workplace in Delaware. The honor is a testament to our commitment to safeguarding our clients’ constitutional rights and ensuring that our clients receive the best possible representation. As in previous years, the Office of Defense Services […]

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Information for new and current clients regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Date Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2020

Operations at the Delaware Courts have changed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus), but our office is still operational and accepting new clients. Please reach out at the below numbers  if you have been arrested and need a Public Defender. (302) 255-0130 in New Castle County (302) 739-4476 in Kent County (302) 856-5310 […]

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Chief Defender named civil liberty superhero

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Delaware’s top public defender was named a civil liberty superhero this month by the ACLU of Delaware. Brendan O’Neill, Chief Defender at the Office of Defense Services, was honored with the 2019 Kandler Award for his career in public defense. He shared the award alongside Charlotte King from the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice. […]

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Remembering Chief Public Defender Larry Sullivan

Date Posted: Friday, September 13th, 2019

Larry Sullivan’s passing marks a sad day in Delaware. Larry was a giant in the world of indigent defense, both here in Delaware and nationally. He was a fierce advocate for poor people accused of crimes. Over his long tenure as Delaware’s Public Defender, Larry doggedly fought to ensure that every accused person got a […]

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Celebrating Gault by advancing juvenile justice

Date Posted: Monday, May 15th, 2017

The Office of Defense Services, along with House Democrats, introduced a series of juvenile justice reform bills that will help kids touched by the criminal justice system have a chance of leading successful lives. The package’s introduction comes as the legal community celebrates the 50th anniversary of In re: Gault, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court […]

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Kent County Expungement clinic helps nearly 100

Date Posted: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

  The consequences of a juvenile arrest or adjudication can be ever-lasting. Mistakes from the past can follow youth into the future, affecting college applications, job hunts, and access to stable housing. For adults, the problem is often amplified. Criminal records can be severe barriers to stable employment and housing, and can oftentimes contribute to […]

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Have a juvenile record? Need it expunged? It’s not as easy as 1-2-3.

Date Posted: Friday, March 10th, 2017

Obtaining an expungement is tricky. Especially if you have a juvenile record. Under current Delaware law there are a variety of charges and scenarios that eliminate expungement as a possibility. Below is one. You’ve cleaned your life up after making a few mistakes as a kid. You’ve never re-offended and you’re well into adulthood. But […]

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Date Posted: Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Welcome to the Office of Defense Services’ brand new web site. We’ve put a lot of thought into how this web site would be designed, thinking about the needs of both our clients and employees. Please feel free to browse, look around, and click on anything that interests you. One of the nice things about […]

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