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Information about the Marinette Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender:

The Marinette Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender is one of many local trial division offices scattered throughout the state. It handles public defender representation in Marinette and Oconto Counties. The office can be found at:

903 Pierce Ave.
Marinette, WI 54143-1709
715-732-1638 - - FAX: 715-732-0132

This is a temporary quarters. The previous office in Dunlap Square went through a fire in the Summer of 1997 and the public defender will be moving into new offices in Peshtigo (fall of 1998?). To tell you how to get to the public defender's office we have two sets of directions: one for people who know Marinette, the other for those who are less familiar with Marinette.



Instructions on how to find the public defender's office for those who know Marinette fairly well:

The office is in the Lormar Building with Job Service and Probation and Parole. The building is right next to the tracks on Pierce and is across the street from the Marinette County Employees' Credit Union. It is at the intersection of Pierce and Newberry (a "T" intersection) directly facing Newberry. The building has two entrances, one marked as wheelchair accessible and having the number "903" over the door. That is the door closest to the railroad tracks and the one you want to enter. Go straight back, there is a paper sign on the door indicating "Public Defender."

Instructions on how to find the public defender's office for those unfamiliar with Marinette:

From Green Bay:

From the west . . . (Wausau, Eau Claire, Superior, Amberg, Crivitz, Iron Mountain, Niagra, Wausaukee, etc.)

This is a small office which serves both Marinette and Oconto Counties. The office has one very efficient and friendly part-time secretary (over-worked) and two very-full-time lawyers. There are many times during regular office hours when there is no one in the office. It is wise to call ahead to make sure that someone will be there when you are coming. Appointments are appreciated when possible. Although we try to see walk-ins, those coming in without an appointment may not be able to speak to anyone about a case at that time.

The Wisconsin Public Defenders Office provides legal representation for indigent (broke) people in criminal matters and some other matters as directed by the legislature. The Wisconsin Public Defenders Office does not provide legal represenation for people in Michigan courts nor in Wisconsin municipal courts .The guidelines that they use to determine who is broke enough to qualify were written in 1988 and have not been updated since.

There often are times when a person does not qualify for a Public Defender representation but cannot afford to hire an attorney. If such a person wants an attorney it is important for them to ask the judge for help. Judges can and do appoint attorneys in private practice to represent people in such cases. Those lawyers work at a substantial discount from what they regularly charge and are paid by the County. The person getting such a lawyer is required to pay the County back according to a payment schedule set up at the time the lawyer is appointed.

This page courtesy of the Menominee River Defenders Association.

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 last updated 01-21-98