Public Defender Fees

  • Will I be charged a fee for the services of the Public Defender?
    • Yes, you will be charged a fee for our services.  Listed below is the specific amount that you will be charged.   
  • Who collects Public Defender fees?
    • Public Defender fees are paid to Yolo County Collection Services (YCCS).  YCCS is located in the County Administration Building (just to the left of the courthouse), 625 Court Street, Woodland, California 95695, (530) 666-8668.  
  • What if I cannot afford to pay the Public Defender fees?
    • If you cannot afford to pay the Public Defender fees you can request that YCCS waive the Public Defender fees. YCCS has authority to waive these fees, in whole or in part, after conducting a financial evaluation and concluding that a person is unable to pay the fees, in whole or in part.
    • Any person who disagrees with YCCS’s assessment regarding ability to pay may request a court hearing on the matter.
  • What fees will I be charged if I am represented by the Public Defender in a felony case?
    • There is a $50 registration fee that will be assessed upon the appointment of the Yolo County Public Defender. This fee will offset the legal fee imposed by the county, described below.
    • For felony cases that resolve prior to a preliminary hearing there is a flat fee of $175. For felony cases that proceed past a preliminary hearing there will be a fee of $350.
  • What fees will I be charged if I am represented by the Public Defender in a misdemeanor case?
    • There is a $50 registration fee that will be assessed upon the appointment of the Yolo County Public Defender. This fee will offset the legal fee imposed by the county, described below.
    • For misdemeanor cases there is a flat fee of $150 if your case is resolved prior to a trial setting conference. If your case proceeds to a trial setting conference you will be charged a flat fee of $275.
  • What fees will I be charged if I am represented by the Public Defender in a speciality court, like Drug Court?
    • For representation in speciality court cases, like Drug Court, there is a flat fee of $125.  This fee includes all court appearances regardless of the number of appearances.
  • What fees will be charged in a LPS conservatorship matter or a probate conservatorship case?
    • In conservatorship matters a fee of $125 per hour fee is assessed. However, the fee is capped at two hours, regardless of how long the attorney actually spends working on behalf of the child.

  • What fees will I be charged if I am represented by the Public Defender to have my record expunged?
    • For records mitigation there is a flat fee of $125.
  • What fees will I be charged if I am represented by the Public Defender on a violation of probation?
    • For violations of probation there is a flat fee of $125.  You will not be charged an additional fee if your case proceeds to a violation of probation hearing.  
  • What fees will I be charged if my son or daughter is represented by the Public Defender in a juvenile delinquency case?
    • There is a $25 registration fee that will be assessed upon the appointment of the Yolo County Public Defender. This fee will offset the legal fee imposed by the county, described below.
    • In juvenile delinquency matters, parents or guardians are charged a $125 per hour fee. However, the fee is capped at two or three hours, depending on the work required by the attorney, regardless of how long the attorney actually spends working on behalf of the child.
  • What fees will I be charged if my son or daughter is represented by the Public Defender in Juvenile Drug Court?
    • For representation in Juvenile Drug Court, parents or guardians are charged a flat fee of $125. This fee includes all court appearances regardless of the number of appearances.
  • What fees will I be charged if I am represented by the Public Defender in order to have my juvenile record sealed?
    • For sealing of juvenile records you will be charged a flat fee of $125.