Public Defender 15th CircuitPublic Defender 15th Circuit

Serving Horry and Georgetown Counties

Mission Statement

Our purpose is to serve the citizens of Horry and Georgetown counties by providing competent, capable, ethical and effective legal representation in accordance with the United States Constitution and the South Carolina constitution for indigent individuals charged with criminal offenses as appointed by the courts.


The 15th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office provides legal representation to indigent adult clients charged with offenses heard in the criminal courts of Horry and Georgetown counties. Our office also represents juvenile clients charged with criminal and/or delinquent charges in Family Court.

Public Defender 15th Circuit

Ronald Hazzard is the Circuit Public Defender for both Horry and Georgetown Counties. Experienced, professional and ethical attorneys work for the Circuit Public Defenders Office. 

Your attorney can do a better job for you if you remember your Constitutional right to remain silent. Don’t admit to anything until you have spoken with an attorney.

Ask for an attorney if you are taken to the police station for questioning. You won’t get an attorney right away but you don’t have to say anything. If you talk about the crime (your side) you will be arrested anyway. No Police Officer can “make a deal” about your charge, only a Solicitor can.

Public Defender Applications

You and Your Attorney

Public Defenders do not make the deal in your case, the Solicitor does. Your Public Defender only tells you what the Solicitor has offered you (and your PD tries to get a better deal).  Your Public Defender does not schedule your case for court. The Solicitor does.  Your Public Defender does not generate the evidence in your case. The Solicitor does.

If you have been arrested for a crime, the ONLY person who has your best interest in mind is your attorney, your Public Defender.

Frequently Asked Questions

After I have applied for a Public Defender, how long will it take before I get an attorney?
It takes 3 weeks after your application is received before we send you a letter in the mail with the name of your attorney.
I have court scheduled and I don’t know my attorney’s name, what should I do?
You must go to court on the dates listed on your bond paperwork. If you do not go to court on those dates, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest.
How much does it cost for a Public Defender?
A forty dollar ($40) fee is to be paid to the Office of The Clerk of Court.
When can I meet with my attorney?
You will meet with a representative of the Public Defender’s Office at your first court appearance. After the attorney has received the evidence in your case, an interview will be scheduled for you with your attorney.

Temp Department info

Department Head
Ronald Hazzard
(843) 915-5385
Fax: (843) 915-6385
Conway, SC 29526
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday
203 Laurel Street
Conway, SC 29526
Phone: (843) 915-5385
Fax: (843) 915-6385
401 Cleland Street
Post Office Box 2898
Georgetown, SC 29442
Phone: (843) 545-3671
Fax: (843) 545-3673
Ronald W. Hazzard
15th Circuit Public Defender
J. Eric Fox
Chief Deputy Public Defender
James C. Galmore
Deputy Public Defender
Richard D. Todd, Jr.
Senior Trial Attorney, Georgetown County

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