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National Lawyers Guild,
Citation Defense Clinic

The Citation Defense Clinic is a National Lawyers Guild project made to alleviate the oppressive and excessive criminalization of our city's most vulnerable unhoused members. Citations pile up against them for simply sitting on the streets, trying to cook food, having an open container, having a dog, having no bathroom - the list goes on and on. In addition, citations turn into “failures to appear” and warrants that may prevent access to social services, housing, and work opportunities.


The Citation Defense Clinic is a legal clinic that directly represents unhoused folx at no cost in criminal matters in which they are not entitled to an attorney from the Public Defender’s Office.

Contact Us

Please email or call:


Tickets that Don’t Fall Under Our Purview


Any misdemeanors with warrants must go to a public defender. Call the Public Defenders office (916) 874-6417 or go to 700 H Street, Suite 0270.


We cannot represent a client for standalone red light camera tickets. 

Join our Team!

We are a group of lawyers, law students, paralegals, frontline service providers, unhoused community members, and organizers. Register for our training and orientation: 

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