Public Defender's Office

Mission Statement

The Brazos County Public Defender's Office is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who are unable to afford an attorney by providing exceptional legal representation to those who have been accused of crimes in Brazos County. Our mission is to defend the United States Constitution, the Texas Constitution, and the rights of all people, while upholding the principles of justice, fairness, and integrity in the criminal justice system. We believe in a holistic approach to criminal defense that considers the unique circumstances and context of each client's case, and that seeks to restore individuals and communities impacted by the criminal justice system. We are committed to promoting respect, dignity, and equality for all.

Effective criminal justice work requires a holistic approach that takes into account the unique circumstances and context of each client's case. We recognize that every person is entitled to the presumption of innocence, and that the criminal justice system should be fair, just, and equitable. We are committed to understanding and presenting the broader context of our clients' cases, and to advocating for solutions that address the root causes of criminal behavior. We believe that this approach not only promotes fairness and justice in individual cases, but also helps to create a more just and equitable criminal justice system for all.

About the PDO

The Brazos County Public Defender’s Office began accepting Misdemeanor cases on March 17, 2023. The PDO currently has four attorneys with a combined 30 years’ experience in criminal law, an investigator with over 25 years’ experience working with law enforcement and investigative practices, one case worker with 30 years’ experience in local and state social services, a legal assistant and an office manager.

Please be advised: We are only able to accept criminal cases that have been appointed to our office by the District Courts, Misdemeanor Courts, or Associate Felony/Misdemeanor Courts. If you have questions regarding court appointed attorneys, you will need to contact the court your case is pending in. While you can request that the Public Defender’s Office handle your case, it does not guarantee that our office will be appointed. Since we are strictly a criminal defense firm, we cannot represent clients in the following types of cases:

  • CPS (Custody, Adoption, etc)
  • Family Law (Custody, Divorce, CPS)
  • Civil (Suits, Probate, Estate Planning)
  • Asset Forfeiture
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Tickets (ALR, Class C, Speeding)
  • Appeals
  • Juvenile
  • Federal
  • Expunctions/Non-Disclosures
  • Probation/Parole
  • Out of county charges/warrants

Because our services are offered at no cost, we cannot be retained.  We cannot accept walk-in clients, nor can we offer legal advice on cases which we are not appointed to as counsel. We also do not accept calls from Brazos County Jail.

Contact Us

  1. Nathan Wood


    Chief Public Defender

    Brazos County Public Defender’s Office
    200 South Texas Ave
    Suite 126
    Bryan, Texas 77803
    Phone: 979-361-4581

    Office Hours: 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday