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H05 Civic Center
Omaha, NE 68183
Welcome to the Douglas County Public Defender website
Douglas County Public Defender: Thomas C. Riley
The Public Defender for Douglas County, Nebraska is Thomas C. Riley. The office of the Public Defender is elected by voters every 4 years. Mr. Riley has held this position since 1995.
The Public Defender’s Office is responsible for representing individuals whom the Court has determined can not afford to hire an attorney and who are involved in a variety of legal matters. Specifically, Nebraska Statutes provide that it shall be the duty of the Public Defender to represent all indigent persons who are charged with a felony or misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment or when a Petition has been filed before the Douglas County Board of Mental Health.
In addition to these statutory duties, the Douglas County Public Defender’s Office also represents parents and juveniles in the Douglas County Juvenile Court and individuals appearing before a Child Support Referee on a child support or paternity action.
There are more than 45 attorneys, referred to as, Assistant Public Defenders, who work under Mr. Riley’s supervision.
- Felonies/Main Line: 402-444-7175
- Non Support/Paternity: 402-444-7175
- Board of Mental Health Commitments: 402-444-7175
- Misdemeanor: 402-444-7376
- Juvenile: 402-444-6457
- Spanish Line: 402-444-3944