Hamilton County Attorney

The responsibilities of the County Attorney are prosecuting violations of the laws of the State of Iowa, and of County Ordinances.  The County Attorney is also the legal advisor for Hamilton County.

The County Attorney DOES: 

  • Prosecute all violations of state criminal laws and county ordinances
  • Provide legal advice to the Board of Supervisors and county and township officers concerning county matters
  • Represent and defend the state, county and its officers in officially related cases
  • Recover all monies(debts, fines, penalties, etc) owing to the state or county
  • Present all mental health commitment proceedings and all juvenile delinquency and child in need of assistance cases
  • There all both full-time and part-time County Attorneys in Iowa.  Roughly two-thirds of all County Attorneys are part-time and may handle private legal work in addition to their official duties.

The County Attorney in his or her official capacity, DOES NOT:

  • Give legal advice to or represent private groups or persons
  • File lawsuits or private persons or defend them against lawsuits, including actions for dissolution of marriage
  • Prepare will, deeds or other legal documents for private individuals