- Published on 22 May 2015
Our community-oriented defense begins at first appearances. Each year, OPD represents nearly 20,000 children and adults facing misdemeanors, fellow and capital offenses.
Every client is represented by a dedicated team: attorney, investigator, client advocate, social worker and court support administrator. Attorneys and investigators work tirelessly to build the best possible defense for each individual client. Attorneys zealously litigate pretrial issues such as evidence suppression, speedy trial, double jeopardy and Brady violations, and try dozens of cases a year.
Social workers and client advocates recommend alternatives to incarceration and connect clients to community-based social services, treatment programs, job and housing placement. They also work for language access, medical advocacy, client safety and eligibility for specialty courts, re-entry and jail programming.
Special Litigation attorneys effect reform through impact litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of OPD and our clients in state and federal district courts, courts of appeal, Louisiana and U.S. Supreme Courts, and the judiciary committees of the Louisiana legislature.
Together, OPD fights to make a difference in our clients’ lives in the courtroom and beyond and creates meaningful reform for a fair and just criminal justice system.