Criminal Issues

North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services

North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services (IDS) coordinates the provision of legal representation to indigent defendants and others entitled to counsel under North Carolina law.  IDS lawyers serve in criminal cases and appeals and also provide juvenile defense.

Contact: Phone: 919-354-7200

Find a public defender in your area.


North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence

North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence investigates post-conviction claims of actual innocence asserted by unrepresented North Carolina inmates.

Contact: 919-489-3268


North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services works to ensure humane conditions of confinement in prisons and jails and to challenge illegal convictions and sentences statewide.

Contact: 919-856-2200


If individuals do not qualify financially or otherwise for free legal services from the legal aid providers listed above, you may contact:

The North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service, a program of the North Carolina Bar Association

In-state: 1-800-662-7660

Out-of-state: 919-677-8574

Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

www.ncfindalawyer.org