Public Defender Information

How to get a Public Defender

You have the right to have an attorney represent you if you have been charged with a crime that includes a potential jail sentence. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may screen to see if you qualify for a court appointed public defender. The Judge holds screenings at the Monroe Municipal Court on Wednesdays during the arraignment calendar. If you wish to be screened prior to your arraignment date or you have an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for an arraignment you can fill out a screening form and bring it into Monroe Municipal during business hours for review. If you do not qualify for a court appointed attorney, you may choose to privately hire an attorney to represent you. By law, court staff cannot give legal advice or refer you to an attorney.

Indigency Screening Form - English version

Indigency Screen Form - Spanish version


Monroe Municipal Public Defender Contact Information ( as assigned at arraignment):

Jason Schwisow                                                                                               Chris Griffen

115 ¾ W Main St , Suite 211                                                                          3306  Wetmore Ave

Monroe WA  98272                                                                                          Everett WA  98201

425 530-6207                                                                                                     425 405-0016



Vance Odell                                                                                                        Meredith Hutchison

3306 Wetmore Ave                                                                                           PO Box 7740

Everett WA  98201                                                                                             Seattle WA  98117

425 303-0617                                                                                                     206 582-4259