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Carlos J. Martinez and Florida Public Defender Shield


Redemption Workshop

Programa Para Sellar o Borrar Su Caso en el Expediente Penal

Pwogram pou fèmen oubyen efasé ak kriminel ki sou dosye-w

The next upcoming workshop
will be announced soon.

Please check here
for future dates

For detailed information on our Redemption Workshop for sealing and expunging criminal records please click here.

Para información detallada sobre nuestro programa “Día del Perdon” por favor oprima aqui.


Welcome to our office website.
My name is Carlos J. Martinez,
the elected Public Defender for Miami-Dade County.

The Public Defender is appointed by judges to represent clients in criminal, juvenile delinquency and mental health matters in Florida's courts. We do not represent individuals in civil matters.

While our primary responsibility is to indigent clients facing the loss of their liberty, we are very much involved in helping make ours a more fair and just community for everyone who lives, works and visits South Florida.

I am honored to lead a team of nearly 200 attorneys (assistant public defenders) and an equal number of support staff to handle approximately 70,000 cases each year. With more than 2.6 million residents, Miami-Dade County (the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida) is the largest and busiest of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits. We are responsible for defending individuals who are determined by the court to be unable to pay for a private attorney.

I am proud of all that we have accomplished with very limited resources over the years with as fine a group of people as you will find anywhere. Most could be making far more money in the private sector, but they see their calling in public service.

Our nationally recognized training program is designed to ensure we have competent, effective and ethical advocates for our clients. We recruit locally and nationally with just one goal in mind: Putting together a diverse team of outstanding men and women who can do the best job possible on behalf of our clients and the residents and taxpayers of Miami-Dade County.

If you have any suggestions for improving our services or our website, please email

Thank you,
Carlos J. Martinez
Miami-Dade Public Defender
11th Judicial Circuit of Florida

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