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The Prosecuting Attorney's Office prosecutes all criminal matters for the County, serve as legal advisor to County departments and officials, represent the County in lawsuits, helps determine restitution in appropriate criminal cases, and prosecutes all misdemeanors for cities and towns within the County. The office also administers the Child Support and Victim/Witness Assistance programs and Washington State paternity cases.
This office was created in 1982 by constitutional mandate, to provide indigent legal defense for felony, misdemeanor and probation violation charges against adults and juveniles in Whatcom County Superior and District courts, and involuntary mental and alcohol commitments.
The Prosecuting Attorney is an elected position, partisan, 4-year term. Duties are established by state constitution and statutes. The mission of the office is to represent the interests of the State of Washington in the prosecution of criminal actions occurring within Whatcom County; to provide legal advice to County officials and employees; to represent and defend the County in all civil actions in which the County is a party.
The Prosecuting Attorney's Office oversees duties and functions including adult felony prosecution, adult misdemeanors (non-city cases), juvenile prosecutions, and victim/witness assistance program.
The Office of Assigned Counsel gives legal representation to people who can't afford a lawyer, in criminal and dependency cases in Thurston County District Court and Superior Court.
The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will perform its constitutional and statutory duties by serving as a highly skilled and innovative legal team advocating for public safety, seeking justice in criminal cases for victims and those accused, representing the interests of children, and providing effective legal services to Thurston County government.
The Spokane County Public Defender is established to implement the Constitutional and legislatively mandated obligation to provide effective representation to individuals entitled to but unable to afford legal counsel. The office's mission is to responsibly use community resources to provide quality, professional independent and effective representation to all clients appointed to the office.
The Office of the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney consists of 65 attorneys, 60 support staff and 6 victim-witness staff members. The prosecuting attorney office is divided into units including Administration, Major Crimes, Special Assault, Domestic Violence, Gang, and Drug/Traffic/Probation.
The Snohomish County Office of Public Defense (OPD) is responsible for the administration of the assigned counsel program that provides legal defense services for indigent persons in those criminal and civil cases in which a jail sentence is a potential sanction. It is also responsible for administration of a system for providing the court with information pertaining to the setting of bail and release of offenders pending trial.
The Prosecuting Attorney's Office is responsible for prosecuting all adult and juvenile felony cases referred by county law enforcement agencies, and all misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases referred by the county sheriff, the State Patrol, all state agencies, and some cities who have contracted with the county for misdemeanor prosecution services.
The Skagit County Public Defender's Office provides defense services for indigents charged with criminal offenses, juveniles charged with criminal offenses, at-risk juveniles, indigent parents in child dependency cases, and respondents in Mental Health Proceedings.
The Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney's Office provides assistance to the victims of crime, advises law enforcement agencies on legal and investigative matters, determines if criminal charges should be filed against a person, prosecutes criminal cases in District, Juvenile and Superior Court, and represents the State in all criminal appeals.
The San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has six major functions: it serves as the state's attorney in all adult and juvenile criminal cases in San Juan County; it provides victim services for victims of crime and their families; it is the County's law firm on civil issues and lawsuits; it assists the attorney general in family support cases; it is the County's coroner; and it participates in community affairs and improvement of the legal system.
The Department of Assigned Counsel (DAC) is responsible for the delivery of mandated legal services to indigent persons accused of crimes in the Pierce County Superior Court; Pierce County District Courts; Municipal Courts in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Fircrest and Ruston; and Pierce County Juvenile Court delinquency proceedings.
The mission of the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office is to vigorously protect the rights of the people of Pierce County and hold offenders accountable. They support crime victims and their families.
Access this site to get information on the current Pend Oreille County Public Defenders.
The Prosecuting Attorney's Office prosecutes criminal matters occurring within Pend Oreille County, serves as legal adviser to the County Commissioners and other elected officials, represents the County in civil cases, enforces child-support orders, and serves as ex-officio corner.
The county prosecuting attorney has major responsibilities as a legal advisor, a prosecutor of criminal matters, a representative of the county in civil cases, and as ex-officio coroner.
The Okanogan County Prosecutor's Office mission is to motivate compliance with and respect for the law by punishing law violations, facilitating restitution and encouraging rehabilitation, while providing sound legal advice and representation to the various county agencies.
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