The State's Attorney is an independently elected state official who serves as the chief law enforcement officer and lead prosecutor for Saint Mary's County. The role of the State's Attorney is to enforce criminal statutes, defend the interests of the citizens of our County according to the law, provide leadership in the prevention of crime, and fairly and impartially seek just punishment for those found guilty of illegal behavior.
The State's Attorney is staffed with 13 full-time prosecutors, including the elected State's Attorney, and supported by highly trained paralegals, legal assistants, investigators, evidence analysts, and victim and witness support personnel. These dedicated public servants are here to serve all Saint Mary's County residents. The prosecutors who work in this Office protect the public and seek justice in an aggressive and fair manner on behalf of the victims of crime and our community. We see ourselves not merely as trial lawyers, but as problem-solvers. Our mission is to serve the public interest through fair and honest administration of justice by exercising responsibilities to prosecute criminal violations in Saint Mary's County. To support that mission, we educate the public on criminal-justice issues, train lawyers for future service, address inequality, promote fairness and ensure equal and open access to the criminal justice system, promote professional relations with judges and attorneys, and further the efficient use of criminal-justice resources.
The State's Attorney also maintains a Child Support Division responsible for establishing paternity and child support orders and representing the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement in collection and contempt proceedings. Our Office administers the community service and bad check programs that divert minor offenders from the criminal justice system. This Office is one of the leading participants in establishing Project Graduation and the Substance Abuse Recovery Court to keep our citizens safe from the detrimental impact of alcohol and drugs. In addition, the State's Attorney collects restitution in many criminal proceedings to compensate victims for losses caused by criminal acts. Our Office also seizes money and other assets from criminals involved in illegal narcotics trafficking.
Our prosecutors coordinate with allied federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to identify problems before they manifest adverse consequences and remain available every day and night to provide assistance. Focused prosecutions, such as gun violence, domestic assaults, child abuse, narcotics trafficking, drunk and drugged drivers, and cyber-crime are also pursued by specially trained prosecution teams.
As the County's chief law enforcement agency, the State's Attorney's Office is part of a proactive team where prosecutors operate outside of the courtroom environment bringing effective crime-fighting solutions and increased safety to Saint Mary's County residents. In addition, the State's Attorney serves as legal advisor to the Grand Jury and attends all Grand Jury sessions. The Office of the State's Attorney conducts its own independent investigations into all police-involved shootings and any criminal matters when determined by the State's Attorney to be appropriate.
As the State’s Attorney, I pledge an oath to do everything in my power to keep our county safe.
We look forward to working with you to make St. Mary’s County all that it can be.