applying for a public defender

Those wishing to be represented by the New Mexico Public Defender must apply in person by going to the Public Defenders office located at 505 Marquette NW, between 9AM and 3PM Monday thru Friday. The phone number to the Public Defender is 505-369-3600 and their website is

Cost is $10.00

The $10.00 is an application fee and is non refunadable. Forms of payment accepted are Cash and money order.

Proof of Income

One of the following documents for both defendant and spouse of defendant;

  1. Recent checkstub from current employer.

  2. Notorized letter from employer verifing employment and income amount. If letter is written on business letterhead it does not have to be notarized. 

  3. Document showing current status and from the following organizations: Temporary Assistance From Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance (GA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), Food Stamps, Medicaid, Disability Security Income (DSI), Public Assisted Housing or Department of Health Case Management System (DHMS).

  4. If not working and not on assistance a notarized letter from the person who is supporting you and your previous year W-2.

  5. If homeless, letter on business letterhead from shelter, feeding center, or homeless agency providing support. 

Exceptional Expenses

Exceptional expenses can be considered in determining elgibility. The following expenses are NOT exceptional expenses: rent, food, utilities, gas money, consumer loans or student loans. Exceptional expenses shall include, but not limited to, cost for medical care, family support obligations, payroll garnishments, Internal revenue claims, court ordered payments, and child care payments.  

Out of State

If a client lives out of the State of NM, they may request an application to be sent to them and the original application must be mailed back to the office with their original signature on the application and it must be notarized along with the above mentioned required documents.