The Prosecuting Attorney serves as the legal advisor to the Board of County Commissioners and to the county's elected officials and departments.
The Prosecuting Attorney provides legal guidance and opinions regarding federal, state, and local laws. The Prosecuting Attorney brings civil cases on behalf of the county and defends lawsuits against the county.
Law Enforcement Agencies
The Prosecuting Attorney works closely with law enforcement agencies, such as the Sheriff, City Police, and the Washington State Patrol, and provides legal advice to law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies send criminal cases to the Prosecuting Attorney for review and the Prosecuting Attorney determines if criminal charges should be filed. If charges are filed, the Prosecuting Attorney then prosecutes the charges in the Superior Court, Juvenile Court, or District Court.
The Prosecuting Attorney also works closely with crime victims to obtain restitution for losses and state benefits. In Douglas County, the Prosecuting Attorney also serves as the County Coroner and is responsible for investigating unattended deaths in order to determine how the deaths occurred.