Public Defender's Office

Global Menu

Public Defender's Office

Director: 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.


The Skagit County Public Defender Office will be closed all day Wednesday May 29, 2024 and Wednesday July 31, 2024 for training. 

There will be an attorney in court with clients who have a first appearance or arraignment.  If you email us or leave a voice message, calls will be returned the next business day.

To communicate via e-mail, please send correspondence to

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

Defense Services For:

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



Director: 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