Types of Cases at CCOPD

Cases We Handle

  • Felony criminal charges filed in Cowlitz County Superior Court.
  • Misdemeanor criminal offenses that carry a possible jail sentence, which are filed in the District or Superior Courts of Cowlitz County.
  • Probation violations in felony cases and "show cause" hearings in misdemeanor cases.
  • Juvenile delinquency (criminal) cases filed in the Juvenile Division of Cowlitz County Superior Court.
  • Civil commitment cases involving individuals who are placed against their will in locked treatment facilities because of mental health or substance us disorder allegations.
  • Dependency cases in the Juvenile Division of Cowlitz County Superior Court. We represent children ages twelve and older who have been removed from their parents' home.
  • Youth accused of contempt of court in truancy cases, involving failure to attend school.
  • Children involved in "At Risk Youth" or "Children in Need of Services" petitions which are also held in the juvenile division.
  • Contempt of court involving the failure to make child support payments.

Cases We Do Not Handle

  • Federal cases.
  • Traffic infraction that cannot result in jail time as a punishment, unless associated with a criminal charge.
  • Clients charged with a crime in the municipal courts of Castle Rock, Kalama, Kelso, Longview, or Woodland.
  • Appeals of any kind.
  • Cases outside of Cowlitz County.
  • Property forfeiture cases, even if the police took your cash or property in connection with a charge we are representing you on.
  • Department of Licensing (DOL) hearings regarding your driver's license, even if we are representing you on the case the license revocation is based on.