Attorneys and Divisions

 

  

The County Attorney's Office is located on the first floor of the Courthouse.

If you need to use an elevator, please park in the public lot located on the west side of the Courthouse.

 


What does the Rice County Attorney do?

The Rice County Attorney, is an elected official, responsible for a broad range of legal activities arising within Rice County. These responsibilities are primarily:

  • Representation of the Board of Commissioners, County Administration and all county departments in legal matters.
  • Prosecution of certain criminal offenses, including all felonies committed by adults in Rice County.
  • Prosecution of all offenses committed by juveniles in Rice County. 
  • Provision of victims services throughout the criminal process. 
  • Initiation of legal proceedings to protect vulnerable children and adults.
  • Initiation of legal proceedings to obtain or enforce child support obligations and establish paternity.
  • Representation of Rice County in civil commitment hearings for residents with mental illness, chemical dependency, or developmental disabilities.

The County Attorney and his staff are not permitted to represent or provide legal advice to private citizens.

 

Staff

The County Attorney is assisted by eight attorneys, a paralegal, victim/witness coordinator and an administrative staff of six. 
 

Chief Deputy

The Chief Deputy is the chief legal advisor to the County Attorney regarding civil and criminal matters and serves as the acting County Attorney in the County Attorney’s absence. In addition, the Chief Deputy handles civil cases, supervises the Civil/Juvenile Division as well as other staff, coordinates office automation functions, reviews attorney performance evaluations, and organizes and conducts interviews of new attorney hires in the civil and criminal divisions.

 

Criminal Division

Four attorneys are assigned to the criminal division for the prosecution of adults charged with felony crimes, as well as misdemeanor and gross misdemeanors that occur in the unincorporated areas of the county and other limited areas as defined by statute.  The attorneys are assisted by the Victim/ Witness coordinator and an able administrative staff. 
 

Civil/Juvenile Division 

Three attorneys are assigned to this division and provide legal services to the County Board of Commissioners and other County departments on civil legal matters-including contracts, employment law, environmental law, real estate acquisition, condemnation, forfeiture and data privacy, among others. The division also represents the County in all civil litigation in which the County is involved.  With the assistance of a paralegal and other administrative staff, this division brings actions to obtain or enforce child support obligations or to establish the paternity of a child.
 
The division also prosecutes juvenile delinquency matters involving juveniles accused of committing crimes within the County and initiates petitions to protect abused or neglected children , vulnerable adults, or compel treatment through involuntary commitment actions for individuals who are mentally ill, chemically dependent, or developmentally delayed.