About the Department
The Bradford County Office of the Public Defender represents individuals who are charged with one or more crimes and cannot afford to hire private counsel.Attorneys in the office also represent juveniles charged in delinquency proceedings.Representation is provided through all stages of criminal proceedings, from the preliminary hearing through the conclusion of appeal before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The Public Defender provides legal representation in criminal matters for those charged with criminal offenses in Bradford County, including misdemeanors, felonies, and summary offenses when there is a possibility of jail time. The office also provides representation of juveniles accused of delinquency.
Chief Public Defender
Helen Stolinas, Esq.:
Helen A. Stolinas has worked in the Office of the Public Defender since 1993, when she joined the staff as Assistant Public Defender. She became Chief Public Defender in December, 2001. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1992 from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and earned her Bachelor's degree in English from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. In 1992, she was admitted to the bar to practice law in Pennsylvania. Currently, Helen serves on the Bradford/Sullivan Drug and Alcohol Planning Commission, is a member of the Treatment Court Committee, and is an officer on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Public Defender's Association. During her tenure as a public defender, she has obtained the trial experience and continuing legal education to serve as counsel in capital cases.