The State's Attorney Office works to uphold public safety through the fair and efficient administration of justice. Assistant State’s Attorneys and support staff vigorously prosecute crimes committed in the County and provide extensive services to victims and witnesses. The office also represents the County in civil proceedings.
Mandates and Key Activities
The Criminal Prosecutions Bureau is divided into several divisions including Felony Trial, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, Municipal, Traffic, Conviction Integrity, Community Justice as well as the nationally recognized Victim Witness Assistance Unit that provides specialized services to victims of crime and their families
The Juvenile Justice Bureau contains two divisions: Delinquency and Child Protection. Delinquency handles cases involving juveniles age 17 and under who have been arrested for committing a crime. Child Protection files civil actions against parents and guardians who abuse or neglect their children.
The Civil Actions Bureau defends the county and its officeholders and employees in civil suits and has sections dedicated to Child Support Enforcement, Complex Litigation, Labor and Employment, Torts and Civil Rights, Industrial Claims, Revenue Recovery, Municipal Litigation, Transactions/Health Law, and Real Estate Taxation
The Narcotics Bureau handles tens of thousands of cases each year and focuses most of its efforts on long-term investigations that target major dealers operating often with violent street gangs. The bureau seeks treatment programs, such as a successful Drug School, for low-level users.
The Special Prosecutions Bureau is responsible for investigating and prosecuting complex criminal and public corruption cases. It includes units for Auto Theft, Gang Crimes, Government and Financial Crimes, Organized Crime/Cold Case, and Professional Standards.
The Administrative Services Bureau, which consists of all office support personnel, handles all administrative tasks of the State's Attorney's Office. This includes providing administrative support in the form of data entry, administrative assistants, clerks, receptionists, mailroom/supply clerks, warehouse facility clerks, law librarians, law clerks/paralegals, program assistants and court reporters.
The Investigations Bureau consists of more than 120 sworn officers who provide investigative and logistical support to Assistant State’s Attorneys in their preparation and presentation of cases. Investigators also complement and supplement local law enforcement efforts by providing them with investigative assistance, expertise and technical resources.