The public defender is a lawyer who is paid by the state to represent you. The lawyer works for you and fights the case against you in court. The Defender Association of Philadelphia is the public defender office in Philadelphia. They can help you get your record expunged if you call (267) 765-6770. If your case was in a court outside of Philadelphia, you can contact your local public defender’s office to talk about expunging your record. To find your local public defender’s phone number, click here.