Location & Contact

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Our location:

The Muskegon County Public Defenders are housed in two buildings.  The criminal division is located at Building E (155 E Apple Ave), and the family division is located on the 3rd Floor of Building F (165 E Apple Ave).  

The two buildings are connected by an outdoor corridor between them.  The buildings are west of the Probation Office and East of the County Treasurer/Register of Deeds.  We suggest parking in the large lot behind the buildings using the Pine Street access near the Juvenile Transition Center or using the Apple Ave access near Public Health.  

Muskegon County Public Defender

Criminal Division

155 E Apple Ave

Muskegon MI  49442


Muskegon County Public Defender

Family Division 

165 E Apple Ave 3rd Floor

Muskegon MI 49442

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Telephone & E-mail:  

If you are trying to reach your attorney, be careful in your selection.  Fredrick D. Johnson, Jr. is the Chief Public Defender, so the court issues blanket appointments of attorney with his name on it for every case.  Mr. Johnson is probably NOT your personal attorney.  If you send your message to him, your attorney may not receive it.

If you are unsure of who your attorney is, please contact the secretary who handles the case type you are involved with who can look this information up for you. 

See staff contact list below for phone numbers and e-mails of our attorneys, social workers, and staff.                       

Staff Contact List:

Name E-mail and Address Phone Number
Abdirahman, Rueda
Holistic Mitigation Specialist
abdirahmanru@muskegoncounty.net
165 E Apple Ave., 3rd Floor
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 4
Ayres, Charles
Research Attorney
ayresch@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 3
Bates, Cassie
Office Manager
batesca1@muskegoncounty.net
165 E Apple Ave., 3rd Floor
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 5
Burns, Anna
Legal Secretary - Misdemeanor Division
burnsan@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 2
Carson, Lydia
Chief Social Worker
carsonly@muskegoncounty.net
165 E Apple Ave., 3rd Floor
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 4
De La Cruz, Leonardo
Attorney - Criminal Division
delacruzle@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 2
DeWind, Michelle
Legal Secretary - Criminal Division
dewindmi@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 2
or
231 724-6585 ex. 3
Doremire, Angella
District Court Supervisor
doremirean@co.muskeogn.mi.us
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI 49442
231 724-6585 ex. 2
Elzinga, Elise
Director of Family Division
elzingael@muskegoncounty.net
165 E Apple Ave., 3rd Floor
Muskegon MI 49442
231 724-6585 ex. 1
Fisher, Joseph
Director of Criminal Division
fisherjo@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI 49442
231 724-6585 ex. 3
Gowings, Nicholas
Attorney - Criminal Division
gowingsni@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 3
Hancock, Alexa
Attorney - Family Division
hancockal@muskegoncounty.net
165 E Apple Ave., 3rd Floor
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 1
Hedges, Robert
Attorney - Criminal Division
hedgesro@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 2
Hosticka, Brian
Attorney - Criminal Division
hostickabr@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 2
Hulka, Alicia
Legal Secretary - Family Division
hulkaal@muskegoncounty.net
165 E Apple Ave., 3rd Floor
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 1
Jansen, Kyle
Attorney - Criminal Division
jansenky@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 2
Johnson, Fred
Chief Public Defender
johnsonfr@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI 49442
231 724-6585 ex. 5
Merriweather, Pearlette
Attorney - Criminal Division
merriweatherpe@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 2
Mitteer, Manda
Deputy Chief Public Defender
mitteerma@muskegoncounty.net
165 E Apple Ave., 3rd Floor
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 5
Neuhaus, Heather
Legal Secretary - Felony Division
neuhaushe@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 3
Oatmen, Thomas
Chief Research Attorney
oatmenth@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 3
Pahl, Luke
Attorney - Criminal Division
pahllu@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 2
Perry, Shawn
Attorney - Criminal Division
perrysh@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 3
Robinson, Kendrah
Attorney - Felony Division
robinsonke@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 3
Williams, David
Chief Probate Attorney
Attorney - Family Division
williamsda@muskegoncounty.net
165 E Apple Ave., 3rd Floor
Muskegon MI 49442
231 724-6585 ex. 1
Winston, Steven
Legal Investigator
winstonst@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 724-6585 ex. 5
Winter, RJ
Attorney - Felony Division
winterrj@muskegoncounty.net
155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI 49442
231 724-6585 ex. 3
Interns 155 E Apple Ave
Muskegon MI  49442
231 332-3989