Programs and Services

PDS is here to help you and your family as you navigate the District of Columbia’s juvenile and criminal legal systems. Any contact with the legal system—whether it’s an arrest, conviction, or incarceration—can cause stress, confusion, and hardship in your life. We are committed to serving you during this difficult time, and we hope you will find the information here helpful.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering about how to find your lawyer or whether PDS can represent you?

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Duty Day Program (Call In)

Call us for assistance at (202) 628-1200 or toll-free (800) 341-2582.

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Community Defender Division

Helping people overcome their legal difficulties to promote successful community reintegration.
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Protest Hotline

The hotline is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays Through Fridays.

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