Mission Statement & Overview
The primary mission of the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office is to uphold the rule of law, vigorously prosecute criminals and seek justice for victims of crime.
The District Attorney is a constitutional officer, elected by the people of Kenosha County to a four-year term of office. The duties and responsibilities of the District Attorney are more particularly set forth in Section 978.05, Wis. Stats. It is important to keep in mind that the District Attorney is the gatekeeper to the criminal justice system. As such, his job is not merely to obtain convictions but to seek justice.
Since December 31, 1989, the District Attorney and the Assistant District Attorneys in the office have been funded by the State and are recognized as state employees. The paralegals, clerical, victim/witness and other support staff in the District Attorney’s Office remain County employees funded by the county. All remaining district attorney operational costs are paid for by the county.
The District Attorney’s Office duties include, but are not limited to, aggressively and fairly prosecuting those who violate the laws of Kenosha County and the State of Wisconsin, including criminal offenses, juvenile delinquencies, CHIPS cases, traffic violations, county ordinance and DNR cases. While all criminal offenses committed are important, this office special attention to prosecuting the following crimes:
- Sensitive crimes: child abuse and sexual assault crimes
- Violent crimes and habitual (career) criminals
- Drug dealers: especially those who traffic commercially in large amounts of controlled substances
- Domestic violence abuse cases
- Juvenile delinquencies, children in need of protective supervision (CHIPS) and termination of parental rights (TPR) cases where appropriate