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There are several types of restraining orders available to residents of Washington State. The circumstances will dictate which order is most appropriate.
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No. Reports are obtained through the affected law enforcement agency.
The Prosecuting Attorney does not investigate cases. We receive our cases directly from a law enforcement agency. If you want criminal charges to be filed, you must first contact the law enforcement agency for the jurisdiction where the crime occurred.
Jefferson County Sheriff
Port Townsend Police Department
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Washington State Patrol
Washington State Law and the Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from providing legal advice to members of the public. If you have a matter that requires legal assistance, you may wish to contact Jefferson Associated Counsel, the public defender for Jefferson County, Northwest Justice Project, Columbia Legal Services, Washington Legal Help, a county bar association or a lawyer listed at the Legal Information Institute.
Jefferson County Fire Marshal
United States Coast Guard
Having a warrant out for your arrest is a serious problem that can result from a range of situations, from missed court dates to criminal offenses. Dealing with your arrest warrant is crucial to avoid accumulating fines and further complications. If you think that Jefferson County Superior Court or District Court has issued a warrant for your arrest, first contact your attorney. If you do not have an attorney, you may contact the Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office at (360) 385-9180 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for further information. Having the Jefferson County Cause Number or the Law Enforcement number available makes accessing those records easier.
You cannot “drop charges.” The Prosecuting Attorney files charges on behalf of the citizens of the State of Washington for crimes committed in Jefferson County. The decision to drop charges in any criminal prosecution can only be made by a prosecutor with the approval of a judge. The decision whether to prosecute or not prosecute is ultimately up to the prosecutor assigned to the case.
If you are a victim of a crime and you do not wish to pursue the charges that have been filed, please contact the Victim-Witness Advocate. A victim's opinion is important, and the prosecutor will take those wishes into account when deciding regarding the case.
If you would like to discuss your case, you should speak with the prosecutor handling your matter by calling the Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office at (360) 385-9180 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There is no online mechanism in place for public access to prosecution records. You may contact our office at (360) 385-9180 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the status of your case. Having the Jefferson County Cause Number or the Law Enforcement number available makes finding those records easier.
That information is available through either the County Clerk's Office in the case of felony cases or with the District Court in the case of misdemeanors.
Please click on the Family Support Division link for detailed information.
If the court ordered the defendant to pay restitution to you, but you are not receiving any money, it could be because the defendant is still incarcerated or there may be other reasons the defendant has not made restitution payments to the Court. The Clerk of the court, in which the case was filed, will send payment to you directly as monies are received. It is important to note, it is possible you may have to wait a considerable amount of time before receiving either full or partial restitution. If you are not receiving restitution you should contact either the District Court or County Court Clerk's Office to make sure your correct address is on record.
If you need a lawyer, please contact one of the following agencies or organizations:
Jefferson Associated Counsel, the public defender for Jefferson County
Northwest Justice Project
Columbia Legal Services
Washington Legal Help
A county bar association
A lawyer listed at the Legal Information Institute
Washington State Law and the Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from providing legal advice to members of the public.
The court locations are posted each Wednesday in the Courthouse elevator. Useful links are below:
Jefferson County Clerk
Jefferson County District Court
Jefferson County Superior Court
Washington State Courts
Washington State Courts Scheduled Proceedings
(lookup court dates)
Washington State Law and the Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from providing legal advice to members of the general public. If you have a matter that requires legal assistance, you may wish to contact Jefferson Associated Counsel, the public defender for Jefferson County, Northwest Justice Project, Columbia Legal Services, Washington Legal Help, a county bar association or a lawyer listed at the Legal Information Institute.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's office has a website to help people become aware of known sex offenders in their neighborhood. You will need to enter your address, city, and zip code to access the information.
Sex Offender Search
Not all convictions can be vacated. To see if you qualify, review the Revised Code of Washington, or contact a lawyer.
If after reviewing the Revised Code of Washington and/or consulting an attorney, you believe you are eligible, you can submit your request to our office, by mailing the required documentation listed below.
The Prosecutor's Office and the Court must have proof that you completed all the conditions in your judgment and sentence. This includes payment of all financial obligations.
To purchase copies of the court documents, you may contact the County Clerk's Office. You may also employ a service such as the Attorney's Information Bureau.
If you submit all the above documents to our office and are eligible for the order you are requesting, the Prosecuting Attorney will present the order to the appropriate court for approval. If the motion is granted, the Prosecuting Attorney will file the originals with the Court and mail you a copy. If the Court denies your request, you will also be notified by mail of that decision.
If you are inquiring about "sealing your case" or "expunging," please contact an attorney. The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will return any motions that contain requests to seal or expunge. This language must be removed before your documents can be reviewed.
Keep a copy of all documents that you submit to our office.
Provide your current mailing address, telephone number and email address (if you have one) with your packet.