While the taxpayers of this county have generously paid to provide you with an attorney, they have not paid for you to have a choice. That is the bad news. The good news is the Muskegon County Public Defenders are not like other public defenders you may have had an association with. We care; however, sometimes we will have to tell you bad news or disagree with you. You may, at any time, hire your own lawyer if you are unhappy with the one you have. If you cannot afford to hire, you will receive a hard working advocate, but you cannot chose who that person is.