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Thurston County, Washington

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Prosecuting Attorney

​The General Felony Team handles referrals for felony offenses alleged to have been committed by an adult over the age of 18 that do not involve domestic violence, child abuse, or a sexual offense. This team works closely with law enforcement to prepare cases for trial and represents the county in criminal matters in Superior court.

The General Felony Team is the largest division in the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and consists of ten attorneys, two paralegals, five legal support staff, and two crime victim advocates.

*Some cases may be eligible for Pretrial Diversion as an alternative to prosecution.

Typical Case Flow for Superior Court Hearings


Preliminary Hearing

Takes places within 48 hours of arrest. Determines applicable bail amounts to allow for the defendant's release.



Takes place within 14 days of the Preliminary Hearing. Defendant enters a plea of guilty or not guilty. If a defense attorney from the Office of Assigned Counsel is to be appointed, it will occur at this appearance.



At this hearing, attorneys ensure all discovery has been exchanged and set a date for trial.


Change of Plea

In lieu of a trial, the defendant may choose to enter a plea of guilty.



A trial is a structured process where the facts of a case are presented to a jury, and they decide if the defendant is guilty or not guilty of the charge offered.



The sentencing hearing establishes the terms and conditions of punishment.