The Office of Public Defense represents Island County's interest and responsibility when providing attorney representation to indigent persons charged with a criminal or dependency action. The staff of the Office of Public Defense / GSA are not attorneys and will not give legal advice. You must meet certain financial guidelines to qualify for a Public Defender. If you qualify for a Public Defender, an attorney will be appointed to represent you for your current case in Superior, Juvenile or District Court.
A financial interview is required to see if you are eligible for a public defender. These interviews -- also called financial screenings – can take place over the phone.
To screen, call 360-679-7326. Interviewers are available by phone from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
You should gather the following items before you call:
You MUST re-apply for public defense representation each time that you are charged with a new criminal offense or violation and if you're Public Defender withdraws from your case because a warrant is issued and you get a new court date.