Public Defender Operational Changes Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

All Beaufort County Government buildings are currently closed to the public.

Please be advised that to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Beaufort County Public Defender’s Office has implemented a COVID-19 operations plan until further notice, upon the Governor’s State of Emergency in effect for South Carolina and due to the local COVID-19 outbreak.

THE BEAUFORT COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S MAIN OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC EXCEPT BY APPOINTMENT. THE OFFICE IS AVAILABLE BY TELEPHONE AND E-MAIL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ATTORNEY OR 843-255-5807 FOR ASSISTANCE.

Public Defender

The Beaufort County Public Defender's Office is open by appointments only. We strongly encourage anyone needing assistance to conduct business online, through email, or over the phone whenever possible. If you require assistance and need to make an appointment to visit our office, please contact your attorney listed below or call (843) 255-5807.  

To apply for a Public Defender, please contact the Beaufort County Clerk of Court at (843) 255-5057 or visit their website at https://www.beaufortcountysc.gov/clerk-of-court/index.html for more information. 

If attending court in Beaufort County, temperature checks will be conducted upon entering the building; face coverings are required; and cleaning protocols are in place.

 

BEAUFORT COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE 
  • Main Number: (843) 255-5805
  • Front Desk: (843) 255-5807
  • Fax Number: (843) 255-9494

LAUREN CARROWAY

  • 14th Circuit Deputy/ Beaufort County Chief Public Defender
  • Office: (843) 255-5814
  • Cell: (843) 812-8325
  • Email: lcarroway@bcgov.net

CHRISTY COMPTON-ESTRADA

TERESA YOUNG

MELISSA DUQUE

COURTNEY GIBBES

  • Public Defender 
  • Office: (843) 255-5818
  • Cell: (843) 929-9993
  • Email: cgibbes@bcgov.net

COLIN HAMILTON

RIANA HUSTED

CHARLES "LEE" WHITAKER

PHILIP RIOS

  • Public Defender
  • Office: (843) 255-5809
  • Cell: (843) 812-2823
  • Email: prios@bcgov.net

CLARIE SCHULMEISTER 

JENNIFER WILLIAMS

TIMOTHY BALL

MICHAEL MALONIS

Beaufort County Municipal Court Division
  • Main Number: (843) 255-5823
  • Fax: (843) 255-9494

LATICIA PERRY

  • Legal/ Administrative Assistant for Beaufort, Bluffton and Port Royal Municipal Courts
  • Office: (843) 255-5823
  • Email: laticia.perry@bcgov.net

DAVID BARTHOLOMEW

  • Public Defender for Beaufort, Bluffton and Port Royal Municipal Courts
  • Office: (843) 255-8524
  • Cell: (843) 941-8758
  • Email: david.bartholomew@bcgov.net
Fourteenth Circuit Public Defender's Office - Juvenile Division 

TRENA PATTERSON

KIMBERLY JORDAN

  • Public Defender 
  • Office: (843) 255-5815
  • Cell: (843) 812-8319
  • Email: kjordan@bcgov.net

EVE FLEMING

ROBERT "BOB" HARRIS

  • Juvenile & Violent Crimes Investigator 
  • Office: (843) 255-5813
  • Email: rharris@bcgov.net
Fourteenth Circuit Public Defender's Office - Circuit Office
  • Main Number: (843) 255-5000
  • Fax Number: (843) 255-9493 

STEPHANIE SMART-GITTINGS

  • Fourteenth Circuit Public Defender
  • Office: (843) 255-5000

AMBER ADAMS

  • Executive Assistant for the
  • Fourteenth Circuit Public Defender
  • Office: (843) 255-5821
  • Email: aadams@bcgov.net

14th CIRCUIT PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE - VIOLENT CRIMES DIVISION

SHERA DREW

  • Legal/ Administrative Assistant
  • Violent Crimes Division
  • Cell: (843) 986-8412
  • Email: sdrew@bcgov.net