Office of the Steuben County Public Defender

Shawn M. Sauro, Esq.
(607) 664-2410 Criminal
(607) 664-2413 Family
3 East Pulteney Square, Bath, New York 14810

Shawn M. Sauro, Public Defender

The Steuben County Public Defender's Office is dedicated to providing high quality legal representation to individuals that are financially unable to retain an attorney without substantial hardship in the Steuben County Criminal and Family Courts.

In the Criminal Courts, experienced Assistant Defenders represent qualified individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony cases in all Town, Village, City and County Courts within Steuben County. Applications for the services of an assigned attorney are available at the arraignment Court. Applicants must complete the application for an assigned attorney at arraignment and return it to the Court. This form is also available under the "Criminal Courts" tab on the left.

In the Family Courts, the Assistant Defenders represent qualified individuals in Custody; Visitation; Paternity; Family Offense; Abuse; Neglect; and select Violation of Court Orders proceedings. Applications for the services of an assigned attorney are available at the first Court appearance. All applicants must bring the Affidavit of Financial Status to the Public Defender's Office located at Room 309 of the Steuben County Office Building in Bath, New York.

In any proceeding where there is a "conflict of interest" and the Public Defender's Office is disqualified from representing an individual, that case will be transferred to either the County Conflict Defender's Office and/or Assigned Counsel's Office who will then assign the case to an attorney.

In 2019, the Public Defender's Office represented individuals in 1,580 criminal court cases and 666 Family Court cases.

The Steuben County Public Defender's Office has seven full time attorneys and six part time attorneys.

 

 

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