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Public Defender

Individuals charged with a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor filed with the Renton Municipal Court who cannot afford an attorney may request a public defender.  Applications are available at the Renton Municipal Court or by clicking on the following link and downloading the Application for Public Defender.  The application should be filed at arraignment or at the Renton Municipal Court Clerks Office within seven days after your arraignment. 

If the court grants your request for a public defender the name and phone number of the public defender appointed to your case will be provided to you.

If you have not been appointed a public defender, resource information is available on the Washington State Bar Association website.  Additionally, the following agencies can assist with lawyer referral:  King County Bar Association and Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.