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No. The Public Defender does not appear at the arraignment calendar. You will need to appear as scheduled and once there, you will have the opportunity to complete a financial screening to qualify for a public defender.
No. The Public Defender will only appear on criminal traffic offenses such as Driving While Under the Influence, Hit and Run, and Driving While License Suspended, to name a few.
No. The Public Defender does not appear on Department of Licensing hearings. If you were charged with DUI or Physical Control, the Public Defender can advise you on what to expect or how to prepare for a hearing, but cannot represent you. You can locate a private attorney by clicking here.
The Public Defender's Office is located in downtown Anacortes inside the City Hall building at 904 6th Street, on the corner of 6th and Q. Enter on 6th Street and turn left at the top of the staircase.
Meetings with the Public Defender are held at the Anacortes Municipal Court building located at 1218 24th Street, by appointment.
Contact the Public Defender's Office to schedule an appointment by calling (360) 293-1930.