OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER 12th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT of FLORIDA LARRY L. EGER, Public Defender Serving, DeSoto, Manatee, & Sarasota Counties

What We Do

"The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.."                                      -Bryan Stevenson

The Office of the Public Defender represents criminal clients. Criminal matters include:

Charges established by each individual city for violations such as open container, urination in public or lodging outdoors that are punished by up to 60 days in the county jail.

The Office of the Public Defender does not provide representation in civil matters such as divorce, child support, foreclosure or suing individuals or businesses. To obtain assistance in these matters, call the Florida bar Referral line at 1-800-342-8011 or by e-mail at

Championing the accused with the utmost professionalism and humanity