Public Defender

Apply for a Public Defender at Either:

  • South District Court during Tuesday afternoon arraignments
  • Mountlake Terrace Interim City Hall, 6100 219th Street SW, Suite 200
    Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Methods of Verification

Approval and appointment of a Public Defender depends upon your income. You will need to submit an application and proof of income and expenses. Paperwork you should bring as proof includes (1 or 2 items from the list below):
  • Pay Stubs (2 most recent)
  • Social Security Insurance Award letter 
  • DSHS General Assistance Award Letter (EBT)
  • Employment Security Benefits Report* (whether you are working or not),
  • Tax Return (most current)
  • Savings/Checking Account Information/Statement
  • Qualified Domestic Order (Child Support Enforcement Receiving)
  • Verification of Expenses: Rent Receipts, Utility Bills, Car Payments, etc. 
*Note: The Employment Security Benefits Report is a “Data Mall Printout” that you can request from:
     18009 Highway 99, Suite #A
     Lynnwood, WA 98037

     425-412-6867 /

You will need to provide your Social Security Number.

The standard that is used to determine eligibility is 125% of the National Poverty Guidelines.


Mountlake Terrace City Hall
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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