Lawrence County MO District Attorney Office

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Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney 240 North Main Street Mount Vernon MO 65712 417-466-2846

About Lawrence County District Attorney

The Lawrence County District Attorney is an attorney who prosecutes criminal cases for the government in Lawrence County, MO. The District Attorney is part of the Department of Justice and heads the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office, staffed with multiple attorneys who act on behalf of the District Attorney. District Attorneys in Lawrence County take a lead role in multiple phases of a criminal case and exercise a great deal of discretion in how a case is handled. District Attorneys may delegate certain cases, or aspects of cases, to other attorneys in the Lawrence County DA's Office.

You may contact the District Attorney for questions about:
  • Lawrence County public criminal records
  • Lawrence County Court records
  • Criminal investigations and prosecutions
  • Jury selection process in Lawrence County, MO
  • Grand jury proceedings
Lawrence County Criminal Records

The DA's Office maintains public records that may be available upon request. These records include Lawrence County criminal records such as arrest records, police reports, and Lawrence County Court records and filings.

Criminal Prosecutions

The Lawrence County District Attorney decides whether or not to prosecute an offender in Lawrence County, Missouri. The evidence provided by the Lawrence County Police Department, Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, or other Local Law Enforcement agency, may or may not be sufficient to move a case forward, and the Lawrence County DA's Office must evaluate the strength and admissibility of the available evidence before prosecuting the offender.

Lawrence County Grand Jury

The District Attorney is responsible for presenting evidence to the Lawrence County Grand Jury, which then decides whether or not there is probable cause for criminal charges. The Lawrence County DA also determines whether to offer or accept a plea bargain.

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Lawrence County, the District Attorney, along with the Lawrence County Public Defender's Office, will select a jury. After jury selection, the District Attorney makes opening statements, presents the government's case for conviction, and makes objections to the Defense Attorney's case. If the jury convicts the individual accused of breaking Missouri law, the Office of the Lawrence County DA makes recommendations for sentencing. If the jury finds the defendant not guilty, the District Attorney determines whether or not to appeal the case to a higher-level MO Court.