Mission Statement for the Office of the District
The mission of the Lawrence County
District Attorney’s Office is to pursue justice and protect the people of the
County of Lawrence and the State of Pennsylvania by aggressively and fairly
prosecuting those who violate the law.
We employ individuals of character and
courage who provide the highest quality legal representation seeking justice for
victims of crime and conscientiously seek to improve the criminal justice system
by creating positive relationships with law enforcement and other community
Our vision is to enhance the quality
of life in our community, to be leaders in quality prosecution, to aggressively
advocate the cause of justice and, above all, to make Lawrence County a safer
place to live.
Role of the Lawrence County District Attorney
The District Attorney is
both the public prosecutor and the chief
law enforcement officer of the county. He is charged with the duty of
investigating as well as prosecuting all cases alleging criminal conduct. His
authority to investigate the facts before acting is discretionary and his jurisdiction is countywide. No one may institute criminal proceedings without
the concurrence, approval and/or authorization of the District Attorney.
The position of District Attorney is established by the Pennsylvania
Constitution and the District Attorney is elected to a four year term.
The District Attorney acts both as a county officer and as a state
officer in performing the duties of the office.