MISSION STATEMENT AND SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The mission of the Sheboygan County Office of the District Attorney is to prosecute all crimes occurring within the County on behalf of the State of Wisconsin. In addition, this office is charged with prosecuting all non-criminal traffic and ordinance citations on behalf of the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department and the Department of Natural Resources [DNR] that occur in the County. Finally, the office is charged with prosecuting a variety of juvenile matters including delinquencies, Children/Juveniles In Need Of Protection or Services [CHIPS/JIPS], Truancies, Termination of Parental Rights [TPR], Guardianships, juvenile ordinance violations and inoculation violations.
In fulfilling this mission, the Office of the District Attorney has the following responsibilities:
- efficient, ethical, lawful and timely prosecution of all the above case types.
- compliance with all evidentiary and procedural mandates created by statute and the United States and Wisconsin Constitutions.
- recognition of, and compliance with, the "Rights of Victims And Witnesses of Crime" Act [Chapter 950].
- assisting all law enforcement agencies in the County in legal advice and legal training as well as providing investigative tools such as search warrants, wire "taps" and/or "traces", warrants for tracking devices, and records subpoenas.
In order to meet these responsibilities, the Office must meld a team of State and County employees. The District Attorney, Deputy District Attorney and Assistant District Attorneys are all State employees, while the Office Supervisor, support staff, Victim/Witness and Check Fraud Unit personnel are County employees. Accordingly, it is crucial that specific concerns of both State and County employees, in their respective roles, be addressed and, if necessary, reconciled so that the entire office functions smoothly as a team.