Adult Prosecution

The county attorney is the chief prosecutor for crimes that occur within a county. Prosecution involves bringing charges against a party, trying the case in court, and making sentencing recommendations. The county attorney prosecutes felony offenses (crimes which carry a penalty of more than one year in prison).


Examples of these crimes include murder, sexual assault, drug offenses, and child abuse. Misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, which are less serious crimes, are the primary responsibility of city attorneys in the metropolitan area, but are prosecuted by county attorneys in less populated areas.