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If you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney.
Arraignment Hearing: If you have received notice for an Arraignment Hearing, and would like to request a continuance, you may contact the Benton County District Court at 509-735-8476 ext 3249. The court may grant a continuance of 1-week provided you do not have active warrants. If you need a continuance of more than 1 week, please contact our office at 509-585-4274. You will need to provide proof of the reason you are unavailalbe for your hearing, such as proof of medical appointment from medical facility, in-patient, trip, etc.
Probation or Non-Compliance Hearing: If you are scheduled for a Monday Probation Hearing, please contact the Benton County District Court Probation Department at 509-735-8476, Option 7. Our office does not appear at these hearings.
Pre-Trial Hearing: If you are requesting a continuance of any other type of hearing and are not represented by an attorney, you may contact our office at 509-585-4274 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that you may not speak to an attorney about your case directly. Our office will be limited to noting our file of your intended absence and requesting the court to note your failure to appear and reset the case. We cannot excuse you from your court ordered appearance. The judge has the final decision as to whether to issue a bench warrant for your failure to appear or to grant a continuance.
Trial Readiness and Jury Trial or other Motion Hearing: Our office cannot excuse you from your trial appearance. In the event you fail to appear for a Trial Readiness, Jury Trial Hearing, or other Motion Hearing, we will request a bench warrant. In addition, it is possible new charges of Bail Jumping will be added to your existing charges.
If you are represented by an attorney, your attorney will receive copies of all discovery documents needed to represent you in court. If you are not represented, you may make a Demand for Discovery request to our office in writing or via email at email@example.com. The request must include your name, court case number, and an email which we can send discovery too. The discovery will come by a link sent from a "No Reply" email out of our electronic discovery portal. Hard copies of discovery are not generally available. If you have questions, please contact us at 509-585-4274.
The City Attorney’s Office cannot speak with you in regards to the facts of your case. Anything you say to us could be used against you in prosecution. If you are represented, please contact your attorney. If you are not represented and did not receive a plea offer at your arraignment, you may request one by calling 509-585-4274 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may conduct additional plea negotiation with the prosecutor in court on the day of your pre-trial hearing.
The law requires a personal appearance in court to disposition a case. Unfortunately, you will need to appear in court personally. Benton County does allows WebEx appearance on criminal matters on a very limited basis for extreme hardship or public safety reasons. You must request a hearing and permission to appear electronically from the Benton County District Court. You may contact them at 509-735-8476. If the judge denies your request to appear electronically, you will have to make the choice to appear in person or leave the warrant outstanding until you can come back to resolve the case.