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Director: C. Wesley Richards
Chief Deputy: Jeri L. Chavez



State v. Blake Information

Anyone convicted and sentenced in Washington for possessing controlled substances (illegal drugs) is entitled to have that conviction cleared from their record. The Washington Supreme Court’s recent opinion in State v. Blake, Cause No. 96873-0 (Feb. 25, 2021), held that RCW 69.50.4013 and its predecessor statutes (collectively “RCW 69.50.4013” or “simple possession”) are unconstitutional. 

If you have been convicted of drug possession (a “Blake” conviction), you may be entitled to a vacation of your conviction and return of any legal fines you have paid.   If you are currently serving a jail or prison sentence stemming from Skagit County that is due to a Blake conviction or enhanced by a Blake conviction or if you are out of custody but on Community Custody (supervision) by the Department of Corrections because of a Blake conviction, please contact Skagit County’s Office of Assigned Counsel to have an attorney assigned to assist you.

Skagit County’s office of Assigned Counsel contact information is as follows:
Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Closed daily:
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The office is closed on holidays
Skagit County Court House 205 W. Kincaid, Suite #305 
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 
Phone: (360) 416-1690 
FAX: (360) 416-1692

If you are out of custody and not on Community Supervision but have a Blake conviction on your criminal record that you would like vacated (taken off) please contact the Skagit County Prosecutor’s office directly for assistance.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the offices of the Skagit County Public Defender are closed to the public.

Be assured that staff and attorneys are still working and you may communicate with them about your case via telephone, e-mail, or letter put through the pass through at the main office.

To communicate via telephone, call (360) 416-1650.  The receptionist will connect you to your attorney or their assistant.

To drop off documents or leave a written message, use the pass through in the door at the main office, located at 121 Broadway, Mount Vernon, WA.

To communicate via e-mail, please send correspondence to

You may also e-mail your attorney directly from the list below.  If your matter is urgent, please email your attorney and the appropriate staff person above.  Your attorney may be out of the office and if you only email your attorney, your message may not be seen before your court date.

Skagit County Public Defender Mailing addresses:

Main Office
121 Broadway
Mount Vernon, WA  98273

District Court Office
707 S. 2nd St.
Mount Vernon, WA  98273

Juvenile Office
205 West Kincaid St.,  Ste. 302
Mount Vernon, WA  98273

Our office is trying to reduce the number of people who have to attend court.  If you have court in the next few weeks, your attorney may be trying to reach you to change your court date.  Please reach out to your attorney ASAP if you have not already spoken to him/her about upcoming court dates.  In any communication, make sure to include a good phone number or email address where you can be reached.

Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times.


Defense Services For:

  • Indigents Charged with Criminal Offenses
  • Juveniles Charged with Criminal Offenses
  • At-Risk Juveniles
  • Indigent Parents in Child Dependency Cases
  • Respondents in Mental Health Proceedings


Director: C. Wesley Richards
Chief Deputy: Jeri L. Chavez
Office Supervisor: Janelle Gilbert
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
121 Broadway, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Fax (360) 416-1655
205 West Kincaid Street, Suite 302, Mount Vernon WA 98273 Fax (360) 416-1681
707 S. 2nd Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Fax (360) 416-1091
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: (360) 416-1650