Office of Public Defense

Due to the serious public health emergency risk from the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Benton County Emergency Proclamation, and the Phased Reopening of Washington Counties under Washington State's Safe Start Program, and to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, OPD will be limiting its operations for the foreseeable future.
During this time, OPD's offices at the Kennewick Justice Center will be open to the public but will be employing the following precautionary measures:

1) OPD staff, including staff attorneys, will continue to work during regular business hours but will only be available via phone and email. 

2) The OPD office foyer will be open to the public but occupancy will be limited to persons at a time strictly observing social distancing.

3) Visitors will only be able to interact with OPD staff by way of personal cell phone (by calling (509) 222-3700) or using the direct-dial phone in the foyer.

4) Visitors wishing to drop off documents or materials to the office or to staff public defenders may only do so in the secure drop box. Staff will not accept documents or materials from visitors in person.

5) All meetings with staff public defenders must be conducted either by phone or video-conference. Under no circumstances will OPD staff attorneys be able to meet in-person. 

To reach OPD, please either call (509) 222-3700, or email [email protected] Our business hours continue to be 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday. 
If your are currently represented by an OPD attorney, please contact your attorney directly for any questions or assistance with your case. Here is a list of OPD attorneys and their phone numbers


This is the official website of the Benton County Office of Public Defense, the agency charged with providing publicly funded defense services to indigent persons when required by law or the Constitution. We pride ourselves on being an innovative leader in public defense service delivery and serve our clients every day with some of the best trained, hardest-working, most compassionate and justice-minded attorneys you can find anywhere. If you would like to learn more about our office or use the many tools on this website that provide information and resources to clients, client family members, our attorneys and the community, please select from the tabs on the left side of this site. If you ever have questions about public defense services provided by this office, either as a concerned community member, client, family member of a client or criminal justice professional, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

Very truly yours,
Eric Hsu, Attorney at Law
Public Defense Manager 

Our public defenders and operations meet Washington Indigent Defense Standards and we utilize a published Case Weighting System.
  Defenders can access a Defender's Guide to the Case Weighting System to ensure proper use.

NEWImportant information and resources for people who owe fines and fees in Benton County District Court (including Worksheet to Determine Ability to Pay LFOs)**

Coming In For an Interview
All interviews are held in the OPD (Office of Public Defense) Office on the first floor.   
Here is a map that will show you how to get there.

Quick Links

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Benton County

Who We Serve
This office serves the citizens of Benton County on the following types of cases:
  • Benton County Superior Court criminal, and certain civil contempt cases (where jail time is being sought)
  • Benton County District Court criminal cases (including criminal cases initiated by the cities of Kennewick, Richland, West Richland and Prosser)
  • Benton County Juvenile offender cases
  • Benton County Juvenile dependency cases (representing children)
  • Benton County Involuntary Treatment Act cases (mental health civil commitment)
We DO NOT provide public defense services on Franklin County or Pasco Municipal Court cases. Contact either the Franklin County Administrator's Office or the City of Pasco directly for help with those cases.

For more information, please select from the tabs on the left side of this page or by clicking the links below.
Contact Us

Benton County Justice Center
7122 W. Okanogan Place, Bldg A
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: (509) 222-3700
Fax: (509) 222-3717
Email:  [email protected]

Click here for our location on a map.
Click here for a building map and directions to get to our office 
Click here for a building map with directions to get to interview rooms
Office Hours
Our office window is open during the following hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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