Public Defense
614 Division Street MS-40, Room 103, Port Orchard, WA 
Phone: 360-337-7015
 

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FAQs

How to quash a felony bench warrant that's filed in District Court?

How to quash a felony bench warrant that's filed in Superior Court?

I want to visit or put money on books for someone serving time in Kitsap County Jail.

Can I pick my own attorney?

I don't like the attorney you assigned.  How can I get a different one?

How can I get my records quashed or sealed?

What is a Felony Bind Over hearing?

Where do I pay my assessed attorney fees?

Will there be an attorney at my preliminary hearing or arraignment?

How do I find out the name of my attorney?

Does Kitsap County Public Defense handle divorces or civil lawsuits?

Can I get an attorney for a restraining order?

Do you handle child support hearings?

What happens to your benefits if you go to jail or prison?

Do I still have to pay child support if I am in prison?

Q:  How to quash a felony bench warrant that's filed in District Court?

A:  If you missed your preliminary hearing and do NOT have an attorney, you need to go to District Court, Room 106.  Bench warrant quash hearings are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.  Inform them that you have an active bench warrant and they will set a bench warrant quash hearing for you to appear the following Tuesday or Thursday.  

If you missed your status or bind over hearing and DO have an attorney, please contact your attorney.  They will work with you and the court to set a bench warrant quash hearing as soon as possible.
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Q:  How to quash a felony bench warrant that's filed in Superior Court?

A:  If you missed your arraignment and do NOT have an attorney, contact our office and we will work with you and the Prosecuting Attorney's Office to set a bench warrant quash hearing. 

If you missed any other type of hearing and DO have an attorney, please contact your attorney.  They will work with you and the court to set a bench warrant quash hearing as soon as possible.
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Q:  I want to visit or put money on the books for someone serving time in Kitsap County Jail.

A:  Please visit the Kitsap County Jail home page here for that information.
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Q:  Can I pick my own attorney?

A:  No.  Kitsap County Public Defense will assign your case to one of our in-house or contract attorneys based upon case type, availability and legal requirements.
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Q:  I don't like the attorney you assigned.  How can I get a different one?

A:  If you have a legitimate complaint about your attorney, you first need to voice that complaint to your attorney.  If after explaining the issue to your attorney you were not able to work through the problem, the next step is to address the matter with the Judge at your next scheduled court date.  The Judge will make the ruling as to whether you will or will not receive a new attorney.  If your problem is not resolved with your attorney or by the Judge, you may click here and fill out this form. 

Kitsap Co. Public Defense (KCPD) only takes complaints or concerns about Kitsap Co. public defenders (please check here to make sure the attorney you're filing a complaint against is a Kitsap Co. public defender).  KCPD cannot investigate complaints that involve private attorneys, prosecutors, judges or attorneys in other jurisdictions.  Only the defendant may file a complaint, even if the defendant is a juvenile.  We will not accept complaints from family members, third or anonymous parties.  
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Q:  How can I get my records quashed or sealed?

A:  The Washington Courts provides information on how to clear your record. 
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Q:  What is a Felony Bind Over hearing?

A:  A Felony Bind Over is the hearing to determine when or if the case is going to be bound over to Superior Court for an arraignment.
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Q:  Where do I pay my assessed court & attorney fees?

A:  Information on paying District Court fines can be found here
      Information on paying Superior Court fines can be found here.
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Q:  Will there be an attorney at my preliminary hearing or arraignment?

A:  Yes, there will be an attorney present to assist you.
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Q:  How do I find out the name of my attorney?

A:  If you are being seen by video arraignment, you will be given a business card with our contact information on it.  You are then instructed to contact our office and we will give you the name and contact information of the attorney assigned to your case.  If you are being arraigned in Superior Court, you will be given the business card of the attorney assigned to your case at that hearing.
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Q:  Does Kitsap Co. Public Defense handle divorces or civil lawsuits?

A:  No.  Our office handles only criminal, jailable charges.
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Q:  Can I get an attorney for a restraining order?

A:  No.  Our office handles only criminal, jailable charges.  To get a restraining order, contact the Superior Court Clerk's Office or District Court.
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Q:  Do you handle child support hearings?

A:  No.  Our office does not handle child support hearings.  If you are being held in "contempt of court" for failing to pay child support, which is a jailable offense, the court will appoint an attorney to represent you.
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  Last Updated:  July 15, 2014
 
360-337-7015
614 Division Street
MS-40
Port Orchard, WA 98366
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