About Tazewell County State's Attorney
Tazewell County State's Attorney
The primary duty of the Tazewell County State's Attorney's Office is prosecuting all violations of state law which occur within Tazewell County. Among several additional duties, the most important is advising all branches of county government on all legal questions which arise and representing them in court when necessary.
The criminal prosecution function is accomplished by the State's Attorney and Assistant State's Attorneys. The State's Attorney, Chief Assistant and Felony Assistants perform most of the work in Felony Court. There are also Assistants assigned to each of the courtrooms dealing with Traffic, Misdemeanor, and Juvenile prosecution.
The Deferred Prosecution Division is administered by a program director, who is assisted by a counselor/investigator and clerk. The program is designed for first time offenders and has a highly regarded success rate in recovering restitution and reducing recidivism.
The county legal advisor function is performed by the State's Attorney, Chief Civil Assistant and special assistants appointed for specific cases. The State's Attorney represents the County in both state and federal court.
The staff of attorneys is supported by full-time legal secretaries and one paralegal. In addition, trained staff members assist victims of crimes through the Victim/Witness Program. The office also has a criminal investigations' division comprised of three investigators.