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Helpful Answers to Common Court Related Questions.

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 Please Note:

Washington State Law and The Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from providing legal advice to members of the general public.  If you have a matter that requires legal assistance, you may wish to contact a public defender or the King County Bar Association.

The Prosecuting Attorney does not investigate cases.  We receive our cases directly from the police.  If you want criminal charges to be filed, you must first contact the police agency where the crime occurred.

Seattle Police Department
206-625-5011 (dispatch)

King County Sheriff's Office

206-296-3311 (dispatch)

AGENCIES:

Algona Police Department
253-852-2121 (dispatch)

Auburn Police Department
253-852-2121 (dispatch)
253-931-3080 (police station)

Bellevue Police Department
425-885-3131 (dispatch)
425-452-6917 (police station)

Black Diamond Police Department
253-852-2121 (dispatch)
253-631-1012 (police station)

Bothell Police Department
425-486-1254 (dispatch)

Burien Police Department
206-296-3311 (dispatch)

Carnation Police Department
425-885-1333 (dispatch)

Clyde Hill Police Department
425-885-3131 (dispatch)

Covington Police Department
206-296-3311 (dispatch)

Des Moines Police Department
253-852-2121 (dispatch)
206-878-3301 (police station)

Duvall Police Department
425-885-1333 (dispatch)

Enumclaw Police Department
360-825-3505 (dispatch)
360-825-0184 (police station)

Federal Way Police Department
253-852-2121 (dispatch)
253-835-6700 (police station)

Hunts Points Police Department
425-885-3131 (dispatch)

Issaquah Police Department
425-837-3200 (dispatch)

Kenmore Police Department
206-296-3311 (dispatch)

Kent Police Department
253-852-2121 (dispatch)

Kirkland Police Department
425-587-3400 (dispatch)

Lake Forest Park Police Department
Dispatched by Bothell Police Department
425-486-1254

Maple Valley Police Department
206-296-3311 (dispatch)

Medina Police Department
425-587-3400 (dispatch)
425-454-1332 (records/business calls)

Mercer Island Police Department
425-587-3400 (dispatch)

Milton Police Department
253-852-2121 (dispatch)
253-922-8735 (police station)

Newcastle Police Department
206-296-3311 (dispatch)

Normandy Park Police Department
206-248-7600 (dispatch)

North Bend Police Department
206-296-3311 (dispatch)

Pacific Police Department
253-852-2121 (dispatch)

Port of Seattle Police Department
206-433-5400 (dispatch)

Redmond Police Department
425-885-1333 (dispatch)

Renton Police Department
253-852-2121 (dispatch)
425-430-7500 (police station)

Sammamish Police Department
206-296-3311 (dispatch)

SeaTac Police Department
206-296-3311 (dispatch)

Shoreline Police Department
206-296-3311 (dispatch)

Snoqualmie Police Department
425-837-3200 (dispatch)

Tukwila Police Department
253-852-2121 (dispatch)
206-433-1808 (police station)

University of Washington Police Department
206-543-9331 (dispatch)

Washington State Patrol
425-649-4370 (dispatch)

Woodinville Police Department
206-296-3311 (dispatch)

Yarrow Point Police Department
425-885-3131 (dispatch)

You cannot “drop charges”.  The Prosecuting Attorney files charges on behalf of the citizens of the State of Washington for crimes committed in King County.  If you are a victim of a crime and you do not wish to pursue the charges that have been filed, please contact the Victim Assistance Unit.

206-477-3743 Seattle
206-477-3757 Kent
206-477-3044 Juvenile

If you are in need of an attorney in King County and seek assistance, please contact the following agencies or organizations: 

The Office of Public Defense
The Office of Public Defense provides legal help to people who are accused of a crime and cannot afford an attorney.  In addition, they also provide legal help to people who cannot afford an attorney and are facing certain other matters such as juvenile dependency, civil commitment, or civil contempt.

Phone: 206-296-7662

 

King County Bar Association
The King County Bar Association provides the following services to individuals who live in King County:

Lawyer Referral Services
These services are available to individuals who are able to afford hiring an attorney and need assistance with finding one.

Phone: 206-267-7010

 

Northwest Justice Project 

The Northwest Justice Project provides toll-free telephone service for eligible low-income people to obtain free legal assistance with civil legal problems through their Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral System (CLEAR).

Phone:  Dial 211 (for matters within King County)
Phone:  1-888-201-1014 (for matters outside of King County)

   

Columbia Legal Services
Columbia Legal Services (CLS) is a nonprofit law firm that protects and defends the legal and human rights of low-income people. CLS represents people and organizations in Washington State with critical legal needs who have no other legal assistance available to them.

Phone: 206-464-5933

 

For more resources visit the King County Superior Court Resource website.

Having the 9-digit King County court cause number makes accessing records information much quicker.  If you do not have the cause number, be prepared to provide the name and date of birth of the person who was arrested.  Have a pen and paper ready.

Contact our records department 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

206-477-3735 Seattle 
206-477-3755 Kent

Additional criminal records information can also be found at the Washington Courts website: 

www.courts.wa.gov (external link)

From their home page, select "Search Case Records."  

Carefully read the subpoena.  Then phone the paralegal who issued the subpoena.

Your testimony could happen on the date listed on the subpoena, but frequently there are delays. This is why it is very important to call and remain in contact with the paralegal.

Witness Information:

  • Court rules allow the prosecutor or the defendant's attorney to interview any witness, regardless of who issued the subpoena.  If you are contacted regarding an interview and you are unsure about your rights, contact the paralegal for assistance.
  • The witness can set the time and place for the interview so that it is convenient and comfortable to them. (An interview may be held in the office of the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney assigned to the case.)
  • Witnesses are allowed to have a companion attend interviews with them as long as the companion is not another witness.
  • Trials are sometimes rescheduled, continued or cancelled.
  • When trials are rescheduled or continued, the outstanding subpoenas still apply and witnesses are still required to attend court on the rescheduled dates.
  • When a trial is rescheduled or continued, the paralegal listed on the subpoena will phone the witness and inform them of the new date and time.  Depending on the length of the continuance, the witness may also get a letter in the mail, informing them of the new date.  The witness will not get a new subpoena.
  • Failure to respond to a subpoena or failure to attend a trial or hearing as required may cause a court to issue a warrant for the arrest of the subpoenaed witness.
Each court has different policies and rules about how and whether a No Contact Order (NCO) can be "dropped" (recalled or terminated). Some courts allow the victim of the case to attend any of the defendant's scheduled hearings to speak about the NCO. Other courts have special calendars set for these matters.

In order to find out the best information about your particular order, call the court that issued the order.

If you do not have a copy of the order and you know it is a felony charge, please contact Wendy Ross at 206-477-1195 to get a copy.

If you know it is a misdemeanor charge, call your local district court (if the crime occurred in unincorporated King County) or local municipal court (if the crime occurred within the city limits).

Not all convictions can be vacated.  To see if you qualify, review the Revised Code of Washington or contact an attorney.  The King County Law Library has materials for in-person research.

If after reviewing the Revised Code of Washington and/or consulting an attorney you believe you are eligible, you can submit your request to our office by mailing the listed documentation to the following address:

Post-Sentencing Unit
King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
W554 King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-2316

You must include the following documents:

  1. A copy of your Motion.  (This form can be obtained from the Washington State Courts.  Be sure you are get the correct type.  Misdemeanor and Felony cases use different forms.)

  2. A copy of your Proposed Order.  (This form can be obtained from the Washington State Courts.  Be sure you are get the correct type.  Misdemeanor and Felony cases use different forms.)

  3. A recent Criminal History Check.  (Contact the Washington State Patrol at 360-534-2000 for information about their services and fees.)

  4. Copies of the following documents from the criminal case you are trying to vacate:
    • The document called Information

    • The Judgment and Sentence

    • The Satisfaction of Judgment and Sentence (Be aware this only shows proof of completed financial obligations.)

    • Certificate of Discharge or Order of Dismissal or Termination Order (if such an order has been filed)

    • Any / All Orders of Modification of the Judgment and Sentence.

The Prosecutor's Office and the Court must have proof that you completed all of the conditions in your judgment and sentence.  This includes payment of all financial obligations.

To purchase copies of the court documents, you may contact the Superior Court Clerk's Office.  You may also employ a service such as the Attorney's Information Bureau.

Superior Court Clerk - Seattle
King County Courthouse, 6th Floor
516 Third Avenue, Room C607
Seattle, WA 98104
206-296-9300
Email

Superior Court Clerk - Kent
Maleng Regional Justice Center, 2nd Floor
401 Fourth Avenue North, Room 2231
Kent, WA 98032
206-296-9300
Email  

Attorney's Information Bureau
King County Courthouse, 6th Floor
516 Third Avenue, Room C603
Seattle, WA 98104
206-622-1909
Fax: 206-622-2911
Email

 

If you submit all of the above documents to the Post-Sentencing Unit and are eligible for the order you are requesting, the Post-Sentencing Unit will present the order to the appropriate court for approval. If the motion is granted, the Post-Sentencing Unit will file the originals with the Court and mail you a copy. If the Court denies your request, you will also be notified by mail of that decision.

If you are inquiring about "sealing your case" or "expunging," please contact an attorney. The Prosecutor's Office will return any motions that contain requests to seal or expunge.  This language must be removed before your documents can be reviewed.

IMPORTANT:

Keep a copy of all documents that you submit to our office.

Provide your current mailing address, telephone number and email address (if you have one) with your packet.

Reinstatement of Firearms Rights is not possible in all cases.   To see if you qualify, review the Revised Code of Washington or contact an attorney. 

If after reviewing the Revised Code of Washington and/or consulting an attorney you believe that you are eligible for the order you are requesting, you can submit your motion to the King County Prosecutor's office by mailing the listed documentation to the following address:

Post-Sentencing Unit
King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
W554 King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington  98104-2316

 

You must include the following documentation in support of your motion:

  1. A copy of the original Information.

  2. A copy of the Judgment and Sentence.

  3. A copy of the Satisfaction of Judgment (if applicable.)

  4. A copy of a recent Criminal History Check.  (Contact the Washington State Patrol at 360-534-2000 for information about their services and fees.)

  5. A copy of your Certificate of Discharge or Order of Dismissal or Termination Order or your last Order of Modification (if applicable.)

  6. If your conviction was for a misdemeanor, you will need to attach proof that you completed all conditions of the sentence.  Please be aware that if your conviction was for a misdemeanor offense that did not occur in King County Superior Court and you are making your request here, you will need to obtain a King County Superior Court cause number from the King County Clerk’s Office.

You must also submit a Petition for Order Restoring Right to Possess a Firearm and a Proposed Order Restoring Right to Possess a Firearm.  The Petition and the Proposed Order must be completely filled out by you or your attorney.  Neither the prosecutor nor the court will fill these out for you.  The documents must be signed by you and each paragraph numbered 4-13 in the petition must be read and initialed by you.  If you do not fill out each document completely, the items will be returned to you and will not be forwarded to the judge.

The Petition and the Proposed Order can be obtained from the Attorney's Information Bureau:

Attorney's Information Bureau
King County Courthouse, 6th Floor
516 Third Avenue, Room C603
Seattle, WA 98104
206-622-1909
Fax: 206-622-2911
Email

 

To purchase copies of the court documents, you may contact the Superior Court Clerk's Office.  You may also employ a service such as the Attorney's Information Bureau.    

Superior Court Clerk - Seattle

King County Courthouse, 6th Floor
516 Third Avenue, Room C607
Seattle, WA 98104
206-296-9300
Email

Superior Court Clerk - Kent
Maleng Regional Justice Center, 2nd Floor
401 Fourth Avenue North, Room 2231
Kent, WA 98032
206-296-9300
Email  

 

You can also file a motion with the court being sure to follow all applicable criminal procedure rules.

If you submit all of the above documents to the Post-Sentencing Unit and are eligible for the order you are requesting, the Post-Sentencing Unit will present the order to the appropriate court for approval. If the motion is granted, the Post-Sentencing Unit will file the originals with the Court and mail you a copy. If the Court denies your request, you will also be notified by mail of that decision.

IMPORTANT:

Keep a copy of all documents that you submit to our office.

Provide your current mailing address, telephone number and email address (if you have one) with your packet.

PLEASE NOTE: The above information about Restoration of the Right to Possess a Firearm is specific to Washington State Law. Federal Law and Washington State Law may be different. Restoration of the Right to Possess a Firearm under Washington State Law is NOT a defense to any Federal prosecution. The laws of other states may also be different than Washington State Law. Restoration of the Right to Possess a Firearm under Washington State law is not a defense to prosecution in another state.

An Order Restoring the Right to Possess a Firearm does not constitute a concealed pistol license or any other firearm permit or license. Restoration of the Right to Possess a Firearm does not guarantee eligibility for a concealed pistol License or any other firearm permit or license.

The King County Sheriff's office has a website to help people become aware of known sex offenders in their neighborhood.  You will need to enter your address, city and zip code to access the information.

Sex Offender Search

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