Imperial County

Public Defender


The Imperial County Public Defender’s Office provides the highest quality criminal defense by vigorously advocating for the rights of individuals facing criminal charges in adult and juvenile court. The Public Defender also effectively represents the legal rights of children in dependency court and individuals involved in conservatorship proceedings.


The mission of the Imperial County Public Defender’s Office is to protect and defend the rights of our clients through zealous legal representation of the highest quality, in pursuit of a fair and impartial system of justice for all.

Contact Information

Imperial County Public Defender

895 Broadway

El Centro, California 92243

(442) 265-1705
(442) 265-1706

Office Hours

Closed to public

Staff Directory

Chief Public Defender
Assistant Public Defender
Office Manager
Senior Deputy Public Defenders
Legal Office Supervisor
Legal Office Assistants

Marcela Barragan

Diana Coronado

Melissa Elenes

Christina Verdugo

Disclaimer: This site is meant to provide information of a general nature which you should verify with an attorney before relying upon it. It does not provide legal advice and is not meant to establish an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice you should always contact an attorney. The following agencies may be able to provide you with further assistance: