Erik S.H. Wallen, Midland County Prosecutor
The Mission of the Midland County Prosecuting Attorney's office is to seek justice for the citizens of Midland County by enforcing the law vigorously, impartially, and efficiently. The guilty shall be held accountable and the innocent protected.
Biography of Erik Wallen
Erik S.H. Wallen graduated from Michigan State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1989 from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1989 and was hired as an Associate with the Law firm of Patterson Gruber Kennedy Gill and Milster located in Bay City, Michigan concentrating in criminal defense and general civil litigation. In 1997 Erik was promoted to Partner, concentrating in Civil Litigation. In 2000, Erik joined the law firm of Kennedy Gill Wallen Rieman and Reyes as a Partner where his practice focused on Personal Injury Litigation, Family Law and Criminal Defense. In January, 2005 after 16 years in private practice, Erik joined the Midland County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor. Erik was responsible for the oversight of the day to day office operations, the management of the criminal case load and the attorney staff. Erik prosecuted felonies ranging from violent assaultive crimes to capital drug offenses. In December, 2013 Erik was appointed Midland County Prosecuting Attorney where he in addition to his case load, is responsible for a wide array of legal functions for Midland County. Moreover, the state legislature has created many additional duties for County Prosecutor, which include the following:
- reviews, authorizes, and prosecutes violations of felony and misdemeanor criminal laws of the State of Michigan and county ordinances committed in the county
- reviews, authorizes and prosecutes felony and misdemeanor juvenile delinquency offenses
- reviews, authorizes and prosecutes child protective proceedings in the Family Court where there are allegations of child neglect and/or abuse, including termination of parental rights
- represents the "People of the State of Michigan" in criminal matters in the District, Circuit and Family Courts as well as appeals of cases to the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court
- may prosecute contempt proceedings when there has been a violation of a Personal Protection Order (PPO)
- participates on behalf of the petitioner in mental health commitment hearings
- provides assistance and input to the victims of serious criminal offenses
- may represent and gives advice to the county board of commissioners and other county departments on legal matters
- presides at monthly Concealed Weapons Licensing Board ("Gun Board") meetings
- reviews, authorizes and prosecutes civil actions to obtain financial support for children
Erik has served on the Midland County Child Protection Council, Safe and Sound Child Protection and Advocacy Center Committee, 1016 Recovery Care Network Board of Directors (Chairman in 2012 and Vice-Chairman in 2011), and various sub-committees in the community. He has been a member of the Midland County Drug Court since it’s inception in an effort to curb recidivism for individuals charged with substance-abuse related crimes in the community. Erik has practiced law in the Michigan Tri-City area for the past 24 years. He has been married to his college sweetheart for 25 years. Erik and his wife Carrie have resided in Midland for the past 24 years. Erik and Carrie have two children, Taylor age 21 and Garrett age 19.