In King County and certain cities
These are adult criminal cases filed in King County District Court for alleged crimes occurring in unincorporated King County. Sentences vary but can be no more than a year in the county jail. The cases are prosecuted by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. We also provide screening for misdemeanor cases for Shoreline Municipal Court, Kenmore Municipal Court, and Redmond Municipal Court. (We then assign cases to contracted agencies.)
What to do if you have been charged with a misdemeanor
If you are out of jail
Call us at 206-477-9727 to see if you qualify for a public defender. An attorney will represent you at your first appearance. If you qualify for a public defender, you will be assigned to one of our divisions at your arraignment.
If you are in jail
Call us at 206-296-7662 (this is a free call from the jail) and provide the receptionist with your case information. A DPD screener will review your case and if you qualify, assign you to 1 of our divisions. You can also wait until your arraignment and call a DPD screener then. In either case, there will be an attorney available to represent you at your arraignment.
These are adult criminal cases filed in Seattle Municipal Court for alleged crimes occurring in the City of Seattle. Sentences vary but can be no more than a year in the county jail. The cases are prosecuted by the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.
Learn more by calling 206-286-1543. If you qualify for a public defender, you’ll be assigned to a division at DPD.
Adult misdemeanor appeals
These are appeals to misdemeanor cases filed in King County Superior Court. If you would like to file an appeal to your misdemeanor, you need to ask your attorney to do so at the end of your case. There is a time limit for filing an appeal.
Once the appeal has been filed, you need to screen to see if you qualify for a public defender. Call us at 206-296-7662 to screen over the phone. If you qualify for a public defender, an attorney will be assigned to you.