The District Attorney's Office provides a range of services including: prosecution, extradition, victim/witness services, education/advice, and representation of county or state agencies in various proceedings. Regarding prosecution, the Office prosecutes adult criminal violations; noncriminal violations of the county code; juvenile delinquency matters; all criminal traffic offenses and noncriminal traffic citations issued by the State Patrol or Brown County Sheriff. Although most investigative work is handled by law enforcement agencies, John Doe proceedings may be conducted to attempt to present a judge with sufficient evidence to warrant filing of a criminal charge. The Office processes extradition of prisoners or witnesses consistent with state law.
The Victim/Witness Program assists victims and witnesses by providing notification of court dates, gathering information for restitution, referring victims to appropriate agencies, and advising victims and witnesses regarding case disposition.
The Office is available 24 hours per day to advise law enforcement agencies in an emergency and also provides education on an ongoing basis regarding the current status of criminal law. State or county agencies are represented by prosecuting violations regarding natural resources, liquor laws, unemployment compensation fraud, welfare fraud, election/open meeting law violations, wage claims and consumer protection violations.