Function & Responsibility
The District Attorney is an elected official and the chief prosecution officer of The Paulding County Judicial Circuit. Under the constitution and the laws of the State of Georgia, he is responsible for the prosecution of crimes committed in Paulding County.
The District Attorney's Office gives special attention to cases involving violent and serious crimes, such as:
- crimes against children
- drug offenses
- repeat offenders
- sex crimes
- violence against persons
Persons who commit these crimes represent the greatest threat to public safely and must receive the principal focus of our efforts. On an ongoing basis, we must also provide effective prosecution of other felonies and misdemeanors in order to preserve public respect for and confidence in the criminal justice system. For example, domestic violence and DUIs are continual problems in our county and require considerable attention by the District Attorney's Office.
Cases in the District Attorney's Office generally originate with an arrest by a law enforcement agency operating in Paulding County. Afterwards, a case may be prepared for presentation to the Grand Jury for an indictment. Those persons who are indicted or who are otherwise charged are then prosecuted through jury or bench trials, if necessary, or guilty pleas.