Iowa created the County
Attorney as an elected position in 1846.
The primary responsibility of the County Attorney's office is criminal
The prosecutor in ways is the heart of the Criminal Justice system. Except for
Simple Misdemeanors, all charging decisions rest with the prosecutor.
No jury or court can convict a person of a serious crime without a prosecutor
first determining that pursuing a criminal charge will serve the interest of
justice. Therefore, the County Attorney's daily challenge is to deal
appropriately with the people involved in the Criminal Justice System.
The County Attorney DOES:
Prosecute all violations of state criminal laws and county
Provide legal advice to the Board of Supervisors and county and township
officers concerning county matters.
Represent and defend the state, county and its officers in officially related
Recover all monies (debts, fines, penalties, etc.) owing to the state or county.
Present all mental health commitment proceedings and all juvenile
delinquency and child in need of assist cases.
There are both full-time and part-time County Attorneys in Iowa. Roughly
two-thirds of all County Attorneys are part-time and may handle private legal
work in addition to their official duties.
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