Public Defender - Criminal Division

The Public Defender, Criminal Division, is charged with representing indigent criminal defendants throughout Oneida County and on appeal to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department and the New York State Court of Appeals. His authority extends to the 42 city, town and village courts within the county, Oneida County Court and parole violations and appeals. His jurisdiction also include the defense of inmates accused of committing criminal offenses while incarcerated in one of the three state corrections facilities within Oneida County and the Central New York Psychiatric Center.

The Public Defender is appointed by the County Executive of Oneida County. Public Defender services are free of charge to those accused of a crime and who are “financially eligible.” An applicant for Public Defender services is presumptively eligible if the Applicant’s new income is at or below 250% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines.” For eligibility guidelines and information about how to apply for Public Defender services, see APPLICATION PROCESS tab on the left.

In 2016, the Public Defender, Criminal Division, was awarded a grant by the NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services to open one of six New York State Regional Immigraton Assistance Centers (RIAC) to offer immigration advice to attorneys serving an indigent population of noncitizen clients in Criminal and Family courts. Our office covers Region 2 which includes 16 counties in the Central New York State region: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins counties. In addition, the RIAC provides FREE immigration-related trainings to indigent legal service providers and 18-B attorneys as well as all judges within Region 2.  See REGIONAL IMMIGRATION ASSISTANCE CENTER tab on the left for more information


We are now accepting applications for Assistant Public Defenders and Confidential Investigator. Please click on the “Employment Opportunities” tab at the left for details.

Tina L. Hartwell, Esq.
Oneida County Public Defender, Criminal Division
250 Boehlert Center
321 Main Street
Utica, New York 13501
Telephone: (315) 798-5870
Fax: (315) 734-0364