Poulsbo Municipal Court > Criminal Case FAQ
How do I know if my court case is a criminal case or an infraction?
If the ticket you were issued is green, a parking ticket, or says infraction your case is an infraction. These offenses are civil cases.
What is a misdemeanor and a gross misdemeanor?
Is showing up for Court mandatory?
- The Judge may issue a warrant for your arrest.
- When you are arrested you may be booked into jail.
- You may be required to post bail and/or appear before a Judge before you are released from jail.
- The Judge may decide to increase your bail and/or keep you in jail until your case goes to trial or is otherwise resolved.
- If you post bail and fail to appear at a future hearing, the Judge can order that your bail money be kept by the Court and it will not be returned to you at the conclusion of your case.
If a warrant is issued what are my options?
This is a cash bail or bond. Your warrant will be recalled after cash bail or bond is received, and your missed hearing will be rescheduled. If the bonding company will be delivering or mailing the bond to the Court, please make sure you contact the Poulsbo Court at 360-779-9846 to verify your address is current. Once the bail is posted, a hearing date will be mailed to you.
2. Turn yourself into any police agency in Kitsap County or the Kitsap County Jail.
You can go to any police agency in the county and turn yourself in during their regular working hours. You can turn yourself into the Kitsap County Jail, 614 Division St., Port Orchard, WA anytime. The police agency or Kitsap County Jail will take you into custody. Your hearing date is generally scheduled for the next judicial day.
3. Don’t post bail and appear at Poulsbo Municipal Court before 9am on any Wednesday, excluding holidays. You will be set on the bench warrant calendar that day. Your warrant will remain outstanding until you appear in court. The Court can not clear another Court’s warrant.
Courtroom attire and behavior
- Be polite and courteous to the Judge, to those around you, and to court personnel.
- Remove hats upon entering the courtroom, unless hat is religious attire or for medical purposes.
- Suitable attire is required. Shoes and shirts are necessary. Halter tops, tank tops, and shorts are not permitted.
- Please turn off pagers and cell phones.
- No smoking, food or drink will be allowed.
- Weapons are prohibited in the courtroom and court office areas.
- Children may be present in the courtroom, but if they disturb the proceedings you may be requested to remove them. The court does not provide child care.
- Upon your arrival, check in with the Court Security Officer outside of the courtroom. You may have a seat in the courtroom until the session convenes. When your case is called, please come forward and have a seat at the defense table until you are otherwise instructed by the Judge.
What is an Arraignment?
What are my Constitutional Rights?
1. To have a lawyer present with you at all hearings;
2. To have a lawyer appointed at public expense if you cannot afford to hire one to represent you;
3. To represent yourself without a lawyer;
4. To a public and speedy trial;
5. To cross examine any witness who testifies against you;
6. To call witnesses to testify on your behalf, and have the Court compel their attendance;
7. To testify or not testify yourself, if you choose not to, no one can make you testify;
8. To appeal to Superior Court if you are convicted after a not guilty plea.
After informing you of your rights you will be asked by the Judge to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty to the charge.
Should I talk to a lawyer before entering a plea?
I am not a US citizen. How might a conviction affect my status?
If I am financially unable to hire a lawyer how do I qualify for a public defender?
Do I need to contact the court if my address changes?
If I plead guilty what will happen?
What happens if I plead not guilty?
What is the difference between a bench and a jury trial?
What alternatives are there for serving a jail sentence?
If the Judge granted alternatives to jail, such as community service or electric home monitoring, you will need to stop by the court office for the paperwork. If you were granted community service or electric home monitoring as an alternative to jail and do not complete it within the timeframe you were given, you will serve the time in jail.
What if i can't pay all of my fine today?
What is a suspended sentence?
Travel and Relocation Restrictions Effective July 1, 2005
- A second or subsequent misdemeanor DUI (including Physical Control, 1st Degree Negligent Driving, Driver Under 21 Consuming Alcohol)
- Direct or threatened physical or psychological harm of a victim
- Use or possession of a firearm
- A sexual offense that requires registration
* Deferred Prosecutions and Stipulations also apply *
You cannot relocate to another state without applying for approval under the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS/ICOTS).
For additional information: Kitsap County District Court ICAOS/ICOTS Information RCW 9.94A.745 interstatecompact.org
Warning: while short-term out-of-state travel is currently permitted without prior approval, this may be subject to change.