Free Legal Aid in Bridgeport

Last updated: October 21, 2013

To outsiders Bridgeport may be famous for several things: music festivals, public parks (Park City), frequent professional wrestling events, but more and more, the commute to New York City. The Amtrak and Metro are great, but if you have to take a train Monday through Friday to work, the last thing you want to do is commute to find quality legal services. Luckily, you can get the services you need right here in The Port. 

Greater Bridgeport isn't the largest region in the Northeast, but the people here have a lot of heart. That's why there are so many attorneys willing to help people in need. In the case of a disaster, such as Hurricane Sandy, or even everyday hard times, someone is there to help. FindLaw is here to make it easier to get the help you need.

Getting Started

  • Statewide Legal Services


    Tel: (800) 453-3320

    Legal service providers in Connecticut make things easy on people who need help. The legal services network instructs that Statewide Legal Services is the beginning point for most people who are looking for free advice or representation. The organization offers advice and free referrals to other service providers. Call the hotline M-F 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

    Someone from the organization will interview you to determine your eligibility. That representitive will ask about your income and family living situation. The office will contact you again in about five business days with further directions.

Get Someone to Represent You

  • Connecticut Legal Services

    211 State Street
    Bridgeport
    , CT 06604

    Tel: (203) 336-3851
  • Connecticut Legal Services

    211 State Street
    Bridgeport
    , CT 06604

    Tel: (203) 336-3851

    Attorneys with Connecticut Legal Services (CLS) specialize in housing, public benefits, empolyment, education, and family law -- as well as several other non-criminal fields. They offer free assistance to individuals who qualify based on income. Both the Bridgeport and Stamford offices cover southwest Connecticut. Call the phone numbers listed above to apply for help. You may be directed first to Statewide Legal Services (see above) if the CLS can't do your intake directly.

  • Division of Public Defender Services

    172 Golden Hill Street
    Bridgeport
    , CT 06604

    Tel: (203) 579-6551
  • Division of Public Defender Services

    115 Hoyt Street
    Stamford
    , CT 06905

    Tel: (203) 965-5241

    Criminal defendants have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, because you don't have either the income or the assets, you may qualify for free representation. Visit the website for Income Eligibility Guidelines. This will give you an idea of whether you can expect free help. Verify this information by aksing to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. You will have at least two chances to request an attorney: (1) upon arrest and (2) at the time of your first court appearance.

Court-Based Assistance