Crawford County, Pennsylvania

Public Defender


The Crawford County Office of Public Defender shall furnish legal counsel to any person who is charged with a qualified criminal offense, and, for lack of funds as determined by office guidelines, is unable to obtain legal counsel.

Download an application for a Public Defender here. Download a Juvenile application for a Public Defender here. Applications can be sent via email to

(Incarcerated defendants can request an application from the jail officials.) 

Telephone: (814) 333-7367 or (800) 982-9019 

Office Hours: 8:30am-Noon, 1pm-4:30pm

This office represents the following types of cases*:

  • Criminal Charges
  • Probation or Parole Violations
  • Domestic Relations Contempt
  • Protection from Abuse Contempt
  • Driving Under Suspension-DUI Related
  • Juvenile Petitions

*Situations where the District Judge indicates that a penalty of incarceration is likely if a conviction results.

View your case docket online at

Instructions On How to Search Your Case Docket Online

J. Wesley Rowden, Esquire Public Defender
Gary Kern, EsquireFirst Assistant Public Defender
Michael P. Kennedy, Esquire Assistant Public Defender
Emily M. Merski, Esquire Assistant Public Defender
Michael Muha, Esquire​Assistant Public Defender
Tyler Lindquist, Esquire​Assistant Public Defender


The County of Crawford lies in northwestern Pennsylvania. Originally it was inhabited by the Iroquiois Indians and other tribes and nations. In later years, the land was acquired by a group of Dutch investors under title of the Holland Land Company and resold to settlers. The Commonwealth allocated land to its Revolutionary War soldiers as a bonus settlement. The county was formed in 1800 from a portion of Allegheny County and named after Colonel William Crawford, an early military hero and close friend of George Washington.


903 Diamond Park Meadville, PA 16335

Phone: (814) 333-7300
Toll free: 800-982-9019

Fax: (814) 337-0457

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

State of Pennsylvania