The Public Defender’s Office
6th Judicial Circuit
Proudly serving Pinellas and Pasco Counties
"Justice should not be tied to a person's race, religion, sexuality, or economic status."
As the Public Defender of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, it is my duty to ensure that all citizens in Pinellas and Pasco Counties are fairly represented. I have been an attorney for more than 25 years, during which I practiced almost exclusively in criminal law. I am a former president of the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, legislative co-chair of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) Humanitarian Award recipient, and graduate of Leadership Pinellas Class of 2020. In addition, I currently sit on the governing board of the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County.
Constitutional lawyers, such as a Public Defender, believe in justice for all. We represent indigent clients who otherwise do not have the ability to afford a private attorney themselves. The law office of Sara Mollo, Public Defender has more than 200 team members with over 100 attorneys. It is our responsibility to ensure there is integrity and fairness within Florida’s justice system. With this honor, I am proud to be the elected Public Defender for the nearly 1.5 million Floridians of the Sixth Judicial Circuit.
Your Miranda Rights
MIRANDA V. ARIZONA, 384 U.S. 436
- You have the right to remain silent.
- Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
- You have the right to have a lawyer present while you are being questioned.
- If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you if you wish.
- You can decide at any time to exercise these rights and not answer any questions or make any statements.
Meet Our Team
Public Defender of the Sixth Judicial Circuit
Executive Director and Chief Assistant Public Defender
Senior Assistant Public Defender, County Court Attorney Supervisor
Ari Benjamin Weisberg
Juvenile Division Director
CLEARWATER, FL – New DNA evidence casts doubt on the conviction and sentence of Gary “Steven” Cannon, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after a jury found him guilty of the 1997 sexual assault and murder of 9-year-old Sharra Ferger. Cannon had just turned 17...
Road to Success (RTS) is a voluntary program run by the Public Defender’s Office in collaboration with Ready for Life. The primary goal of the program is to divert vulnerable youth from the juvenile delinquency system by providing a strong support system that offers...
Hot off the presses! The Sixth Judicial Circuit’s 2020 Performance Report has just been posted on its website, www.jud6.org. To say the year was like no other, in light of the pandemic, would be an understatement. Still, much was done. For instance, the circuit was…