I was charged with a crime. Now what?
If the arresting officer issued you a citation it will have a hearing date on it. Otherwise, the court will send you a hearing date in the mail. Be sure to show up to court on the date and time provided (or Zoom in). In the meantime, fill out an application for a public defender. Or if you have one already, give them a call.
I was appointed a public defender. What next?
Give us a call and ask to set up an appointment to speak with your attorney. Call 360-385-5613.
What is an arraignment? Do I need an attorney?
An arraignment is a hearing where the court formally charges you with a crime. An attorney from our office will appear with you at the arraignment if you don’t already have one.
The Judge prohibited me from going back home, but granted me a civil standby. What’s that?
A civil standby is a court order that allows a person who is prohibited from going back to their residence to pick up items from there in the presence of a Sheriff’s deputy. To arrange the civil standby, contact the Jefferson County Sheriff Civil Division by calling 360-385-9390. Do not contact the protected party or go to the residence without a deputy.
I was arrested for DUI and now my license is suspended. What’s going on?
The DOL will probably suspend your license 30 days after you get arrested for a DUI, unless you request a hearing with the DOL within 7 days of your arrest. Fill out this form to request a hearing. The $375 fee is waived for the hearing if you have been appointed a public defender.
How and where do I get an Ignition Interlock Device?
How do I find out what’s suspending my license?
The state’s Department of Licensing (DOL) has that information. Set up a License Express account to view your license status, reinstate your license, renew your license, and more.
Can I rescind a no contact order?
Yes, if you are the protected party. For a District Court case, complete this form and return to District Court with a self-addressed stamped envelope, a safety plan obtained from a domestic violence advocate, and a copy of your police report. The completed form will be given to the Judge for review.
For a Superior Court case, complete this form and return to Superior Court with a self-addressed stamped envelope. The completed form will be given to the Judge for review.