Public Defender attorneys provide effective legal representation to indigent adult and juvenile clients in
criminal cases, probation cases, and limited categories of civil cases filed in Skagit County District
Court, Juvenile Court, and/or Superior Court.
Salary Range upon hire:
Public Defender I: $68,064 – $72,911 D.O.Q.
Public Defender II: $72,827 – $78,013 D.O.Q.
Public Defender III: $78,013 – $83,610 D.O.Q.
Senior Public Defender: $88,935 – $95,316 D.O.Q.
Public Defender I, II, and III:
Defends indigent individuals charged with a crime or other conduct that could result in a loss of liberty.
Handles Superior and/or District Court proceedings based upon level of skill, knowledge and experience
as determined by the Director.
Meets with clients to obtain information that is relevant to the defense of their case, which may include
obtaining information that is relevant to the issue of release from confinement or a reduction of bail; to
determine the client’s goals of the litigation; to discuss possible defenses and trial strategy; and to
provide legal information and advice. Attorneys maintain communication with clients in person, by
phone, by e-mail, or by mail throughout the course of the representation to keep their clients informed
regarding the status of their case.
Conducts or directs investigation that is appropriate for each case, including, but not limited to,
interviewing State and defense witnesses, obtaining records, consulting with expert witnesses, and
visiting alleged crime scenes.
Analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the cases assigned to him or her; develops an understanding
of the possible sentences or outcomes of the litigation, including immigration and other collateral
consequences; and develops an understanding of the law that is relevant to the case through legal
research. Attorneys prepare and file appropriate motions, including, but not limited to, motions to
dismiss, motions to suppress evidence, motions to compel discovery; and motions to compel services.
Engages in negotiations with the Prosecuting Attorney or Attorney General to develop possible
resolutions to each case that are favorable for the client.
Performs as counsel at pre-trial hearings, trial, and post-trial hearings, including sentencing, restitution,
and review hearings. Attorneys are responsible for filing appeals on behalf of his or her clients, and may handle criminal appeals from District Court to Superior Court.
Keeps abreast of developments in the law and attend training sessions to receive CLE credit and to
enhance knowledge of the law in his or her practice area.
May represent juveniles in criminal and civil juvenile proceedings. Attorneys work with social service
agencies and schools to ensure their juvenile clients receive the protection and care that is needed.
May represent clients in mental health proceedings in the local treatment facilities where clients may be
confined, and work with psychiatrists and other medical treatment personnel.
May represent parents in dependency proceedings. Attorneys work with social service agencies to
ensure their clients receive necessary services.
Serves as a 24-hour, on-call attorney on a rotating basis.
Senior Public Defender:
Performs all of the above duties, as well as:
May assign work to and oversee work of other Public Defender’s Office employees.
Acts in the stead of Director and/or Chief Deputy in their absence.
For a full job description, including instructions on how to apply, click here.