Stuart Office

19th Circuit Public Defender's Office  
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Martin County, Stuart, Florida

100 E. Ocean Boulevard, Suite 300, Stuart, Florida 34994
 Phone number: (772)288-5581/ Fax number: (772)221-4087
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This office handles criminal cases in both county and circuit court, juvenile cases, and domestic violence injunctions that are under the jurisdiction of Martin County.  The Public Defender’s Office serving Martin County is located adjacent to the Martin County Courthouse in Stuart, Florida.

Head Secretary
Emily Maresco

Head Attorney
John Hetherington, Assistant Public Defender
Sonia Melendez, Secretary

Chief Assistant Public Defender
Mark Harllee, Capital & Sexual Violent Predator Cases

Communications Assistant
Peggy Winsper

Offender Re-entry Program
Sean Bunker, Support Specialist

Diversion Court
Katharine Alonzo
, Assistant Public Defender

Felony Division
John Lithgow, Assistant Public Defender
Lydia Pittaway, Assistant Public Defender
Monique Sanoguet, Assistant Public Defender
Florence Lazzarotti, Secretary
Sonia Melendez, Secretary
Emily Maresco, Secretary

Misdemeanor Division
Jordan Dershaw, Assistant Public Defender
Erica Chaplin, Assistant Public Defender
Florence Lazzarotti, Secretary
Sonia Melendez, Secretary

Juvenile Division
Usha Maharaja, Assistant Public Defender
Emily Peterson, Secretary


Please click on the links below to access information on personnel from:
Client Services Program | Juvenile Client Service Program | Offender Re-Entry Program | Diversion / Drug Court Program



Effective July 1, 2006 - Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. SB 80/Chapter 2006-232, Laws of Florida (Public Records Law Regarding E-mail) Link to External Website