About Us
Welcome to the webpage for the Benton County Office of Public Defense (BCOPD). On behalf of the people of Benton County, I am proud to manage BCOPD, a progressive and innovative public defense agency charged with providing and overseeing public defense services in Benton County that provides high quality legal representation through a combination of over 40 staff and contract attorneys.

We pride ourselves on the quality of services we provide to our clients, our fiscally responsible programs and initiatives, and the transparency of our operations. I invite you to review our Mission Statement and Values as well as our published Annual Reports and Strategic Plans if you are interested in learning more about what we do.  Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns about anything to do with public defense in Benton County.

Very Truly Yours,
Eric Hsu, Attorney at Law
Public Defense Manager

Mission Statement
The Mission of the Benton County Office of Public Defense is to provide quality, cost-effective, legal representation to indigent and other qualified persons charged with criminal offenses, or otherwise facing incarceration or loss of liberty interest, so as to protect their Constitutional and other legal rights, educate them about the criminal justice system, and champion the interests of justice.  The Benton County Office of Public Defense will always be mindful of the fact that the resources that enable it to advance its Mission are entrusted to it by the taxpayers of Benton County, and as such it will constantly strive to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its team, of system which it manages, and of systems of which it is a part of, so as to always be a good steward of such resources.


In order to advance its Mission, all Benton County Office of Public Defense staff and contractors share the following Values.



We are constantly seeking out and developing inter-office and intra-office synergistic relationships through which to accomplish shared goals and create win-win outcomes.


Effectiveness & Efficiency

We are always choice-driven and introspective so as to maximize effectiveness (do that which has the most effect on advancing the Mission) and efficiency (while consuming the least amount of resources)



We take pride in quality work product in all aspects of what we do.



We recognize the fiduciary duty we owe to the taxpayers who provide the resources by which we can advance our Mission and always strive to maximize cost-effectiveness without jeopardizing quality.


Compassion & Fairness

We recognize that all members of the public with whom we interact and for whom we provide services are fellow community members and citizens and we will treat them with respect, compassion, and fairness.


Effective Risk Management

We will always be mindful of the liability related interests of Benton County and constantly seek to minimize the exposure of the County to liability risk.


Continuous Improvement

We recognize and embrace the dynamic nature of many factors that affect our ability to advance our Mission and as such, constantly seek out, and take action on, ways to improve every aspect of our operations.  We will never settle for “good enough” or accept that the “way it has always been done” is necessarily the best way to continue to do it.




    Benton County    620 Market Street    Prosser, Washington 99350
    Phone: (509) 786-5710 or (509) 783-1310
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