What does a Prosecutor's Office do?
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The Prosecuting Attorney is an elected official with a four-year term of office, as provided by the Michigan Constitution. Elections occur at the time of the Presidential election, on the partisan ballot. The Prosecuting Attorney is independent of the Michigan Attorney General
The Prosecuting Attorney’s office is responsible for a wide array of legal functions for Clare County, some of which include:
- chief law enforcement official in the County
- reviews, authorizes and prosecutes violations of felony and misdemeanor criminal laws of the State of Michigan (and County ordinances) committed inside the County. The primary law enforcement agencies include the Clare County Sheriff Department, the Clare City Police Department, and the Michigan State Police. We also work with BAYANET (Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team) and the DNR.
- authorizes and prosecutes felony & misdemeanor juvenile delinquency offenses
- represents the County in criminal matters before the District & Circuit Courts; juvenile delinquency, parental neglect and miscellaneous probate matters in the Circuit Court/Family Division and the Probate Court, and appeals in the Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court
- advises the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) on child abuse and neglect petitions, and actions to terminate parental rights
- attends contested mental health commitment hearings
- presides at a monthly Concealed Weapons Licensing Board, unless he or she opts off for the remainder of their term. In that case, the county board appoints a certified firearms instructor to replace the Prosecuting Attorney. This Prosecuting Attorney presides over the board.
- files and prosecutes actions to establish paternity
- files actions to establish a family support order
Michigan Attorney General
Clare County Sheriff Department
Clare Police Department website
Michigan State Police
Department of Human Services