Blair County Public Defender’s Office

 
Update:  April 30, 2021

Court Events:

Court hearings are moving back to IN-PERSON appearances.  Your court notices should say what the requirement is for the date/time.  We strongly suggest that you call TWO days in advance to confirm the scheduled date, time, and type of appearance (live, in-person or virtual through bluejeans). 

 About our office:

     You will be notified by mail of your new hearing dates.  Be sure the Public Defender's Office has your current contact information.  Applications for representation are available on the County's website.  You can mail them to us or drop them off with the Sheriff's Deputy at the front door of the Court House.  We will be practicing social distancing for our protection and yours.  Therefore we will try to do most consultations by phone.  You must have an appointment to visit the Public Defender's Office. 

     If you are applying for representation for a Public Defender our office is now limiting the number of people in our waiting area to two people.   If you are applying please only bring yourself to our office.   If you are bringing more than yourself that person must remain in the hallway until you are done.    Our waiting area is limiting occupancy to two people total for social distancing requirements. 

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,

Russell J. Montgomery

Chief Public Defender



Regular pre-covid website information:

Chief Public Defender – Russ Montgomery

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Office of the Public Defender is to provide legal representation to defendants by safeguarding fundamental individual rights and to guarantee protection afforded by the United States Constitution.

​Right to Counsel

Every person arrested or accused of an offense in Pennsylvania has the right to the assistance of counsel for his defense.The right to counsel includes the right to representation even if the accused is indigent and cannot afford counsel.Although entitled to free counsel, an indigent defendant does not have the right to defense counsel of his/her choice.

The Public Defender handles ONLY criminal proceedings, which include:

1. Juvenile delinquency proceedings

2. Critical pretrial identification proceedings

3. Preliminary hearings

4. Common Pleas Court Trial, from pretrial motions through post-trial motions

5. Post conviction proceedings at both the trial and appellate levels

6. Superior Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeals

7. Criminal extradition proceedings

8. PFA contempt hearings; and

9. Probation and parole proceedings, including revocation thereof.

Representation by the public defender’s office MAY also occur in the following situations:

  • In a prosecution for a summary offense, which carries a jail as a sentence. This typically occurs in cases where there is a citation for driving during a driver’s license suspension.
  • At a magistrate office, contempt proceedings for non-payment of fines/costs. Also known as a payment determination hearings.
  • At the Common Pleas Court (main courthouse), contempt proceedings for non-payment of fines/costs.


YOU MUST APPLY TO OBTAIN OUR SERVICES. HERE IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO:

1. Get an application at our office or click on the link in "Resouces" (print it out);

2. Drop the application at our office; OR

3. Bring it to the magistrate office for your court date; OR

4. Fax the application to 814-693-3259; OR

5. Scan or take pictures of the application and email it to us at tmattern@blairco.org; OR

6. Last, standard mail it to us.


If you have any other questions, please call, 814-693-3255, or email to tmattern@blairco.org

Contact

Blair County Public Defender's Office

423 Allegheny St. STE 344
Hollidaysburg PA 16648-3255

Hours:  8 am to 4 pm

Phone: (814) 693-3255
Fax: (814) 693-3259

Email:

Attorney Information:

Russell Montgomery, Chief Public Defender

rmontgomery@blairco.org

Tedd Krol, 1st Assistant Public Defender

Tkrol@TJKlegal.com    

Private office number:  (814) 696-6580

Julia Burke, Assistant Public Defender

jburke@blairco.org

Edward Ferguson, Assistant Public Defender

eferguson@blairco.org

Anthony Kattouf, Assistant Public Defender

akattouf@blairco.org

Christian Kerstetter, Assistant Public Defender

ckerstetter@tjklegal.com 

John Siford, Assistant Public Defender

jsiford@blairco.org 

Dave Beyer, Assistant Public Defender

dbeyer@blairco.org 


Michael Emerick, Assistant Public Defender  (Juvenile Cases)



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