The Criminal Division
represents the citizens of the State of Ohio and Portage County
in prosecuting criminal cases in our County’s three Municipal
Courts, two Common Pleas Courts and the Juvenile Court. The
Portage County Prosecutor is responsible for over 30,000
criminal and traffic cases filed each year in these Courts. This
Division also renders legal advice and assistance to our
County’s seventeen different Police agencies. A Domestic
Violence Unit, funded with Federal Grant dollars consists of an
assistant prosecutor dedicated to domestic violence cases and an
outreach advocate dedicated to assisting victims of domestic
violence. A Special Victims Unit consisting of an assistant
prosecutor and an investigator prosecutes crimes against
children, the elderly, and the disabled. A criminal Child
Support Enforcement unit locates and criminally prosecutes
“deadbeat” parents with large child support arrearages. This
unit is staffed by two investigators and fully funded by federal
Title IV-D funds. The criminal division is staffed by a total of
eleven Assistant Prosecutors, five investigators, and clerical
The Civil Division
provides legal representation to all eighteen of our County
elected officials and their respective offices. It also provides
legal representation to all
County Boards and Commissions, the County’s eighteen Townships,
their Trustees, Clerks, and Zoning Boards. This Division
represents all of these entities in matters of litigation in
State and Federal Courts, contracts, personnel matters, and
collection of real estate and personal property taxes owed to
the County. It represents the Department of Job and Family
Services in matters of abused, neglected, and dependent
children, and renders general legal advice to all of the County
and Township officials. This Division is staffed by seven
Assistant Prosecutors, two paralegals, and clerical support staff.
Appellate Division provides legal representation in all
legal matters of the Criminal and Civil Divisions involving
appeals from local court decisions to State and Federal
Appellate Courts. This division is staffed by two Assistant
Victim/Witness Assistance Division provides assistance and
information to victims of crime and witnesses in criminal cases,
together with referrals to other quality support services
offered in Portage County. Advocates are available twenty-four
hours a day to assist victims of crimes such as domestic
violence, stalking, assault, sexual abuse, child abuse, drunk
driving, etc. and to assist the families of homicide victims.
These services are available to all residents of Portage County,
or anyone who becomes the victim of a violent crime in Portage
County. This division’s trained advocates are available to lend
immediate support to victims of violent crime, to accompany them
to court appearances, provide information and guidance
concerning the criminal justice system, make referrals to
appropriate social service agencies and counselors, provide
information concerning payment of medical bills from State
funds, and to notify victims and witnesses concerning important
hearing dates and the status or outcome of criminal cases in
which they are involved. This division is staffed by three
Victim Advocates along with a clerical assistant. This division
is funded almost entirely by state and federal grant money.
available to university students for course credit in all
divisions of the office.
2013 STATISTICS OF INTEREST
Division was responsible for over 6,000 misdemeanor criminal
cases, including 1,318
drunk driving cases and
domestic violence cases.
Division received 1,384 felony reports from the 17 police
agencies operating in Portage County, including 21 felony drunk
driving cases, 77 felonious assault cases, 89 felony domestic
violence cases, 206 felony child abuse cases, 550 felony drug
cases, 65 felony burglary cases, 174 felony theft cases, 29
robbery cases, 99 receiving stolen property cases, and 50 felony
child non-support cases. The 2012 criminal case load increased
nearly 9% over 2011 which was itself a record setting year.
915 new felony
cases were filed in the Portage County Common Pleas Court in
2013, each representing one individual who was charged with one
or more felony level crimes. For the first time in Portage
County's history, the number of persons indicted in one year
The Civil Division
opened 210 new case files and 60 administrative files in 2013.
335 county contracts were prepared and/or reviewed by this
Division. In its representation of the county's Department
of Job and Family Services, the Civil Division had 473 active
files in 2013.
Division handled 55 new cases in the 11th District Court of
Appeals in 2013 and 9 cases in the Supreme Court of Ohio.
92 percent of the Appellate cases arose from criminal matters.
Assistance Division rendered assistance to a total of 2,184
victims of crime in 2013: 1,251in the Municipal and Common Pleas
Courts, and 933 in the Juvenile Court.
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