Public Defender Information

Public Defender Services

Those charged with a criminal offense may be eligible for a public defender, subject to financial qualifications. All people who have been charged with a crime in Puyallup Municipal Court that cannot afford an attorney may request a public defender. Applications are available at Puyallup Municipal Court or print the form located below.  

Public Defender screening takes place on Mondays/Wednesday/Fridays from 8:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Puyallup Municipal Court. Please complete the application and bring copies of all supporting documentation. A Public Defender will be assigned if all qualifications are met. 

If a public defender has not been appointed, resource information is available through the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association and Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.

Public Defender

  • Michael Bejarano, 253-735-3997
  • Encumclaw Law, Will Gunderson, 253-234-4548
  • Kintanar Law, Claire Kintanar, 253-298-7133

Please DO NOT contact the public defender unless you have been assigned.