City of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington, Whidbey Island's Premier Waterfront Community

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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507
info@oakharbor.org

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Prosecution

The City of Oak Harbor prosecutes misdemeanors/gross misdemeanors and infractions which are violations of City ordinances.

Gross misdemeanors are criminal offenses whose maximum penalty under law does not exceed 364 days in jail. Typical gross misdemeanors include DUI, Reckless Driving and Assaults. Misdemeanors are criminal offenses whose maximum penalty under law does not exceed 90 days in jail. Shoplifting is an example of a misdemeanor crime. Infractions are civil matters punishable by a monetary penalty only, such as a speeding ticket or a noise violation. Felonies and juvenile offenses are prosecuted by the Island County Prosecutor's Office. Charges arising outside of the City limits of Oak Harbor are also prosecuted by the Island County Prosecutor's Office. Their phone number is (360) 679-7363.

Our goal for prosecuting offenses is to seek a fair, equitable and just punishment for the crime committed. Holding offenders accountable for their offenses improves livability in the City by reducing crime and disorder. Fair and just punishments maintain the credibility of the criminal justice system with both the public at large, victims of crimes and offenders.

In prosecuting criminal offenses, the City Attorney's office represents the interest of the public as a whole and not the individual. While the City Attorney's office is prohibited from providing legal advice to private individuals in any criminal matter, we are also required to assist victims with their contact with the Court and help to refer them to various programs and resources designed to assist victims of crimes.

The City contracts with Island County for the provision of Judges, Clerks and courtroom facilities to provide the Oak Harbor Municipal Court. It is a division of the Island County District Court. This provides a direct benefit to the City and its citizens, in the level of experience an elected judge and professional court staff bring to the job. 

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