District Attorney's Office

SUPERIOR AND APPELLATE COURTS

The District Attorney represents the citizens of Hall County in the prosecution of all felony criminal cases and the misdemeanors connected to felonies in a manner which best protects the public and best preserves justice for each citizen. The District Attorney prosecutes both felony and all misdemeanor cases in Dawson County as well.

The prosecution of criminal cases in the District Attorney's Office includes giving advice to law enforcement agencies, a thorough review of cases opened in the office to determine whether to prosecute and on what charges, the preparation of cases for formal filing by Accusation or by Indictment by the Grand Jury, negotiation of appropriate dispositions, the prosecution of criminal jury trials, and complete handling of the case from the arrest of and accused through the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals when a case is appealed, and other duties as statutorily required.

ACCOUNTABILITY COURTS

In addition to the duties shown above, the District Attorney's Office is an integral part of the accountability courts and other specialty courts within the circuit, including Drug Court, HELP Court (a court addressing mental health issues of certain defendants), Veteran's Court, Competency Court and REACT Court (a court addressing transition issues from prison to society.) For more information on Drug Court, visit the Drug Court page.

For more information on the mental health court, visit the HELP Court page.

JUVENILE COURT

The Juvenile Court prosecutes juveniles up to the age of 17 charged with delinquent activity and up to the age of 18 charged with unruly activity (runaway, ungovernable) who are charged with criminal activity. In Hall County, the District Attorney supervises 2 assistant district attorneys, 1 investigator, and 1 victim/witness advocate or administrator assigned to the Juvenile Division. The focus of Juvenile Court is to supervise, treat and rehabilitate youth and is on a much faster track than Superior Court.

For more information, visit the Juvenile Court page.

PRETRIAL DIVERSION

The Hall County Pretrial Diversion Program conducted by the District Attorney's Office is a 6-month program for some 1st-time offenders charged with minor property crimes. The program was created as an alternative to Hall County's usual criminal procedure. It gives a limited 1st-time offender the opportunity to go through the program, but only with the consent and cooperation of the alleged victim.

Satisfactory completion of the program will result in the offender's case being dismissed or Nolle Prosequied (no conviction ever being entered). Those cases accepted into the program are removed from the court calendars; therefore, the judge and assistant district attorneys can turn their attention toward the more serious cases.

For more information, visit the Pretrial Diversion page.

STAFF OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY

In both Hall County and Dawson County, the District Attorney's staff includes Assistant District Attorneys, Investigators, Victim Witness Advocates, and Administrative personnel all with a goal of following the mandate of the law in pursuing justice with fairness and integrity.