Lake of the Woods County has an elected full-time County Attorney serving four-year
terms. The office carries a wide range of duties.
The County Attorney provides legal advice to the Board of Commissioners and to the
various county offices. In addition, the County Attorney represents the county in
civil court and in administrative proceedings.
The County Attorney is also responsible for prosecuting crimes occurring in the
county (except for misdemeanors occurring in an organized city). Prosecution duties
also include appearances before Grand Juries, preparation of criminal pleadings,
conduct of Court hearings on behalf of the State of Minnesota, and appearances at
sentencing hearings and appeals. The County Attorney also assists law enforcement
agencies in the application for and obtaining of arrest and search warrants.
The County Attorney also represents petitioners in cases involving juvenile delinquency
or children in need of protective services. The office represents the petitioner
in judicial commitment hearings for mentally ill, retarded or chemically dependent
persons. The County Attorney also handles Child support enforcement court proceedings.
County Attorneys are required to be attorneys licensed to practice law in the State