Public Defender

During COVID-19: Apply for a Public Defender at Either

  • At South District Court during Tuesday afternoon arraignments
  • Mail a completed sworn application with verification materials to: Mountlake Terrace Interim City Hall, 6100 219th Street SW, Suite 200. Interviews will be conducted later by phone. Application must include applicants’ contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone number).

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 and provide your Social Security Number.

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). Note: The Employment Security Benefits Report is a "Data Mall Printout" that you can request from: WorkSource, 18009 Highway 99, Suite #A, Lynnwood, WA 98037 / 425-412-6867 / Work Source Website  
  • 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.

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