Office of Assigned Counsel
Director: Letty Alvarez-Gubitosi
Screening for Services
Skagit County Office of Assigned Counsel shall evaluate and determine
a person's eligibility for court appointed counsel in accordance with
the following standards:
determination of a person's financial ability to retain counsel
shall be made by considering the person's income, savings, and liquid
assets, as well as the person's necessary expenses.
determination of eligibility shall be made in view of the lengthened
complexity of the case and the estimated cost of obtaining competent
representation for the particular offense(s) charged.
determination of a person's ability to retain counsel shall be based
upon an evaluation of that person's financial condition from the
time of screening until the expected time of trial.
assets (including assets jointly owned with the defendant), income
and expenses of the spouse (or partner domiciled with the defendant)
shall be considered in determining the eligibility for court appointed
counsel provided that:
There is no conflict of interest due to estrangement or other reasons
b. It is likely that such income and assets will be readily available.