• Apply for a Public Defender

    You have the right to have an attorney represent you on any criminal charge. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may qualify for the appointment of a public defender. To find out if you qualify, you must interview by phone, online or in-person at the King County District Court - Bellevue Division. 

    To obtain a public defender:

    1. By Phone: Call 425-647-2412 Monday to Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  If you reach the screening office’s voicemail, please leave a message and a screener will return your call.
    2. Online: Complete and submit the indigency screening form at any time. A screener will contact you with the results. 
    3. In-Person: Screening occurs Monday to Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the King County District Court – Bellevue Division, 1309 114th Ave. SE, Suite 100 in Bellevue. Download, print and complete the indigency screening form prior to arrival. You are required to bring your picture ID, your case information and your completed form with; failure to do so will delay your application.

    For any questions regarding the process, please contact the public defender screener at publicdefense@bellevuewa.gov or 425-647-2412. 

    Please Note: If you leave a message or use the online form outside of the regular screening days, a screener will reach out to you the following Monday or Tuesday.

    Cascade Law, PLLC
    1818 Westlake Ave. N., Ste 228
    Seattle, WA 98109

    Hussein Karmali
    8201 164th Ave. NE, #200
    Redmond, WA 98052

    Stein, Lotzkar, & Starr
    2840 Northup Way, #140
    Bellevue, WA 98004

    Recoupment fees are repaid to the City Of Bellevue for providing public defender services.

    To find out your balance call: 425-452-6829

    To pay over the phone call Service First: 425-452-6800

    To pay in person:
    Bellevue City Hall
    450 110th Ave NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004

    Received a collections letter? Call Payment Solutions at 425-882-4800 or pay your bill online

    Please note, court fines and recoupment fees are separate charges. If you have paid court fines that does not mean the recoupment fee has also been repaid and vice versa.

    Public Defender Screener

    King County District Court-Bellevue Division Courthouse

    1309 114th Ave. SE
    Suite 100
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    United States

    Monday to Wednesday
    9 a.m.-1 p.m.