When a suspect is arrested by the police, they're processed and often then released on bail (unless they're considered dangerous or a flight risk). If the district attorney in the district where the crime allegedly occurred decides they have enough evidence, they'll file formal criminal charges. Sometimes, depending on the nature of the offense and state procedures, a grand jury will decide whether charges are filed.
The district attorney is a powerful position, since they decide who gets charged and how. If you're facing criminal charges, you'll want to get a handle on how they operate and may want to contact them (to negotiate a plea deal, for example). However, you also want to avoid showing your hand and revealing your defense strategy. In any event, it's usually best to follow a criminal defense attorney's advice.
In Iowa, District Attorneys are referred to as "County Attorneys." The following is a directory of Iowa County Attorneys.
Iowa Attorney General's Office
The elected position of Attorney General is the state's highest attorney, representing the state in litigation matters, consumer protection, and more. Contact the Iowa Attorney General if you need to file a consumer complaint or have other such concerns.
Directory of Iowa District Attorneys
There are 99 counties in Iowa, each with its own County Attorney's office. Click on a link below to learn more about your local county attorney or to contact their office.
Note: Although we strive to provide the most current contact and website information available for the D.A. offices in this state, this information is subject to change. If you have found contact or website information that is not current, please contact us.
Get Legal Advice Before Calling an Iowa County Attorney
When you're facing criminal charges, it can be difficult to determine what your strategy should be. An experienced legal professional can walk you through the process and, if applicable, help you negotiate a plea deal with a county attorney. Don't take such important matters into your owns. Reach out to a local Iowa criminal defense attorney today to discuss your case and learn about your options moving forward.