Prosecution

The City of Oak Harbor prosecutes violations of City ordinances:

Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors are criminal offenses whose maximum penalty under the law does not exceed 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both jail and fine. Disorderly Conduct or Driving While Suspended 3rd are examples of misdemeanor crimes. 

Gross Misdemeanors

Gross misdemeanors are criminal offenses whose maximum penalty under the law does not exceed 364 days in jail, a $5,000 fine, or both jail and fine. Typical gross misdemeanors include Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Reckless Driving, Assault 4, and Theft 3rd.

Infractions

Infractions are civil matters punishable by a monetary penalty only, such as a speeding ticket or a noise violation.

Felonies and Juvenile Offenses

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

The City provides Judges, Clerks, and courtroom facilities for the Oak Harbor Municipal Court via a contract with Island County. Oak Harbor Municipal Court is a division of the Island County District Court.