Functions of Your County Attorney

The Des Moines County Attorney's Office is responsible for prosecuting all state criminal misdemeanors and felonies that occur in Des Moines County. It is also responsible for enforcing county ordinances and other state laws that apply to Des Moines County.

Your County Attorney Does

  • Prosecute all violations of state criminal laws and county ordinances
  • Provide legal advice to the Board of Supervisors and county township officers concerning county matters
  • Represent and defend the state, county, and its officers in officially related cases
  • Recovers all monies (debts, fines, penalties, child support, etc.) owed to the state, county, or school district
  • Presents all mental health commitment proceedings and all juvenile delinquency and children in need of assistance cases

Your County Attorney is Not

In his or her official capacity, a lawyer for a private group or person

The County Attorney Does Not

  • Give legal advice to or represent private groups or persons
  • File lawsuits for private persons or defend them against lawsuits, including actions for dissolution of marriage
  • Prepare wills, deeds, or other legal documents for private individuals


The Des Moines County Attorney’s Office is located at 100 Valley Street, on the corner of Valley and Front Street.

If you are an unrepresented defendant and wish to make contact with our office regarding your case, you must obtain written court approval prior to making contact.

Mission Statement

"Respond to the needs and concerns of its citizens by always striving to find the truth, to seek justice, and to provide quality criminal prosecutions, victim/witness services, crime prevention programs and civil legal representation with available resources."