Find Legal Help in Hillsborough

Legal Aid

Legal aid organizations offer free or low cost legal help to people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Legal aid organizations do not handle criminal, traffic or personal injury cases. You may have to meet income requirements and fill out an application.

Bay Area Legal Services
Corral Wodiska Cigar Factory
1302 N. 19th Street, Suite 400
Tampa, FL 33605-5230
Telephone: 1-813-232-1343
TTY: 1-800-955-8771
Fax: 1-813-248-9922

Bay Area Legal Services
Ruskin Office
Hillsborough County SouthShore Community Resource Center
201 14th Avenue SE, Suite I
Ruskin, FL 33570
Telephone: 1-813-634-6044
TTY: 1-800-955-8771
Fax: 1-813-641-1011

Bay Area Legal Services
Plant City Office
701 Tillman Place, Suite 300
Plant City, FL 33566-7169
Telephone: 1-813-752-1335
TTY: 1-800-955-8771
Fax: 1-727-201-4331

Lawyer Referral Service

The Florida Bar or local bar associations can refer you to local lawyers who handle your legal problem. The referrals are free, but you will have to discuss the cost of the case with the lawyer.  Some programs offer a time-limited consultation for a flat fee.


Hillsborough County Bar Association
Chester H. Ferguson Law Center
1610 North Tampa Street
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 221-7780

Public Defender

If you have been charged with a crime and can't afford a lawyer, a judge can appoint a lawyer to represent you. You must meet income requirements, fill out an application and pay a fee.


Office of the Public Defender
Main Office - Downtown Tampa
700 East Twiggs Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
Telephone: 1-813-272-5980
Fax: 1-813-388-4267

Plant City Courthouse
301 North Michigan Avenue
Plant City, Florida 33563
Telephone: 1-813-272-5980

Other Legal Resources

Florida Free Legal Answers:  Free online legal help

  • Florida Free Legal Answers is an online civil legal service for people who cannot afford to pay for an attorney.
  • The service is a cooperative effort of The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association.  Free legal help & resources for immigrants

  • Immi helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options.
  • The online screening tool, legal information, and referrals to nonprofit legal services organizations are free.  
  • Immi was created by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing access to justice for low-income immigrants.


Stateside Legal:  Free legal help & information for those who have served in the military.

  • Stateside Legal was created to strengthen recognition and enforcement of veterans’ and service members’ legal rights and protections.
  • It is designed to help establish justice for those who have served in the armed forces.

Find your County or Circuit Court.

Updated March 25, 2019.

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