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Prosecuting Attorney

Prosecuting Attorney

Office of Prosecuting Attorney Overview


The Prosecuting Attorney is an elected official with a four-year term of office, as provided by the Michigan Constitution. Elections occur at the time of the Presidential election, on the partisan ballot. The elected county Prosecuting Attorney is independent of the Michigan Attorney General.

OPA_block_of_4The Prosecuting Attorney's office is responsible for a wide array of legal functions for the County, including:

  • acting as the chief law enforcement official in the County
  • reviewing, authorizing and prosecuting violations of felony and misdemeanor criminal laws of the State of Michigan and County ordinances committed inside the County
  • authorizing and prosecuting felony & misdemeanor juvenile delinquency offenses
  • representing the County in criminal matters before the District and Circuit Courts; juvenile delinquency, parental neglect and miscellaneous probate matters in the Family Court, and appeals in the Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court
  • advising the Michigan Dept of Human Services on child abuse & neglect petitions, and actions to terminate parental rights
  • attending contested mental health commitment hearings
  • presiding at a monthly Concealed Weapon Permit Board (unless he or she opts off for the remainder of their term. In that case, the county board appoints a certified firearms instructor to replace the Prosecuting Attorney)
  • filing and prosecuting actions to establish paternity
  • filing actions to establish family support orders
  • representing and advising the County Board of Commissioners and other County departments on legal matters