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Location of Court Hearings in Criminal Cases

The Washington County Circuit Court Criminal Department is located at the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) located at 215 S.W. Adams Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123. There is also a courtroom located in this building, and this is where most people have their first court appearance (arraignment) in any criminal or traffic case.

If you received a criminal citation requiring you to come to court at the above address, or if you were arrested and signed a Release Agreement that lists the above address for your court appearance, you need to come to the LEC courtroom for your court date.

After your first appearance, most court hearings are held in the main Washington County Courthouse located at 150 N. 1st Ave, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123. At your first appearance you will be told where your next court hearing will be held. If you have a question about which courthouse or which courtroom you need to go to for a hearing, ask your attorney or call the court before the date of your hearing.

Getting a Court-Appointed Attorney

If you were charged with a criminal offense and you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you may qualify for a court-appointed attorney. To apply for a court-appointed attorney, you need to go to the window next to the LEC courtroom and fill out the application form. You can do this when you come to court for your first appearance. You will need to provide information about your financial circumstances on the application form. Please note, you may need to pay a $20 application fee, depending on your financial circumstances.

If you do not qualify for a court-appointed attorney, you will need to hire an attorney on your own.

If you do qualify for a court-appointed attorney, please be aware that if you plead guilty or are convicted of a crime following a trial, you may have to repay some or all of the cost of your court-appointed attorney, if the court determines that you are able.

Washington County Court Appointed Attorney Firms

Harris Law Firm PC
165 SE 26th Ave
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
503.648.4777

Hillsboro Law Group PC
5289 NE Elam Young Pkwy #110
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
503.648.0707

Karpstein & Verhulst PC
220 NE 3rd Ave.
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
503.483.4044

Metropolitan Public Defenders
400 E. Main St. #210
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
503.726.7900

Oregon Defense Attorney Consortium:
Attorneys at Law
249 NE Lincoln St.
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

Ridehalgh & Associates, LLC
233 E. Main St. Suite 200
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
503.693.7505

DUII Diversion Eligible Cases

If you have been charged with the crime of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and you meet the requirements in the Defendant's Declaration of Eligibility, you may qualify for the DUII Diversion Program. Information and forms for this program are on our Forms page.

Resolving Arrest Warrants Issued After Failing to Appear for a Court Date

If you failed to appear for a scheduled court date and a warrant was issued for your arrest, you have two options for resolving that warrant without waiting to be arrested. First, you can turn yourself into the Washington County Jail. And second, if you are represented by an attorney, you can file a motion to turn yourself into the court at the court's TSI Docket at 8:15 a.m. on Fridays. If you want to turn yourself in to the court to have the warrant cleared, talk to your attorney about filing a request to appear on the court's TSI Docket.

Removing Arrests and Conviction from Your Record (expungement)

To have an arrest or conviction removed from your record (expunged), you must file legal documents with the Court and the District Attorney's Office. The law governing this process is found in ORS 137.225.

Below are links to information about how to file the necessary documents with the court:
Expungement packet for arrests, dismissals, no complaint or not filed cases
Expunqement packet for arrests and convictions

Additional Information

Washington County District Attorney's Office

Washington County Community Corrections Department

Contact Us

Criminal Department
Law Enforcement Center
215 SW Adams Avenue
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
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