Warren County Attorney

Mission Statement:

The Warren County Attorney's Office strives to seek equal justice for all victims and defendants under the laws of the United States, State of Iowa and Warren County, as well as provide the highest quality legal advice and representation to Warren County government.

The Warren County Attorney is The Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Chief Criminal Prosecutor and The Lawyer for Warren County government.

The County Attorney does:

• Prosecute all violations of state criminal laws and county ordinances.
• Provide legal advice to the Board of Supervisors, county, and township officers.
• Represent and defend the state, county, and its officers in officially related cases.
• Recover all moneys (debts, fines, penalties, etc.) owing to the state or county.
• Present all mental health commitment proceedings and all juvenile delinquency and child in need of assistance cases.

General Misconceptions
The County Attorney does not:
• Give legal advice to or represent private groups or persons.
• File lawsuits for private persons or defend them against lawsuits, including actions for dissolution of marriage.
• Prepare wills, deeds or other legal documents for private individuals.
• Investigate civil matters for private citizens.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a subpoena?

A subpoena is a court order requiring a person to appear at a specific time or place or to provide certain documentation. Because it is a court order it is important to comply with the subpoena. If you have any questions regarding a subpoena you should contact the attorney who issued the subpoena. If you have difficulty attending at the time requested you should contact the attorney in advance and the hearing may be able to be rescheduled.
*If you have received a subpoena from The Warren County Attorney's office, and have questions regarding the subpoena, contact the County Attorney or assistant county attorney who issued the subpoena at (515)961-1014.

What is an arraignment?

An arraignment is a court hearing where the charges are formally read to the defendant and the defendant enters an initial plea of guilty or not guilty. It is a preliminary proceeding, no testimony or evidence is produced. At the arraignment a tentative pretrial and trial date is scheduled.

What is a pre-trial conference?

The pre-trial conference is a meeting involving the court, the prosecuting attorney, and the defendant's attorney. It is primarily a scheduling conference at which time the trial is scheduled and the court is advised of the length of trial and the primary issues that will be before the court. The court is also advised whether there are any pending motions or depositions to be completed. If the defendant decides to enter a plea of guilty rather than go to trial the plea may be taken at the time of the pre-trial conference or scheduled at another date. Pleas and sentencing are open to the public.

How do I obtain a person's criminal history?

The Warren County Attorney's office cannot distribute a person's criminal history. If you would like to obtain a person's criminal history, you should contact the:
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
To request forms necessary to do a record check, call 515-725-6066 or visit their website for more information.

Crime Victim Rights & Resources
Who is a victim of Crime?

For the purpose of victim rights, a victim is defined as a person who has suffered physical, emotional, or financial harm as a result of a crime. The term victim also includes immediate family members of a murder victim as well as a victim who was rendered incompetent as a result of the offense.

The Right to a Victim Advocate:

The Iowa code 915.2 mandates that a victim counselor, advocating at the request of a victim, is granted access to any proceedings related to the offense.

To contact an advocate, victims may call a local victim service program, contact the local county attorney’s victim witness coordinator or call an advocate with the Iowa Attorney General’s Crime Victim compensation Program.

The Right to Crime Victim Compensation:

The Crime Victim Compensation Program of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office pays out-of-pocket expenses incurred by victims as a result of injury and death from crime.

To inquire about eligibility or to file an application, call the program toll free at (800) 373-5044 or, in Des Moines, at (515) 281-5044.

The Right to Victim Notification:

Since July 1, 1986, victims of crime, other than simple misdemeanors, have the right to register, in writing, with the county attorney in order to be notified of the status of their case and their rights as crime victims

Victim Notification Procedures:

Law enforcement is required to advise victims of the right to register and provide a request for registration form .

Victims must complete the registration form and submit the form to the county attorney prosecuting the case.

The county attorney is required to forward the registration form to other appropriate agencies, including law enforcement, the clerk of court, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, the Iowa Department of Corrections, and the Iowa Board of Parole.

The appropriate agency will provide ongoing notification to the registered victim by mail.


The Right to Victim Restitution:

At sentencing, an offender can be ordered to pay the victim restitution. Restitution means payment of crime related expenses to a victim by an offender.

Victims must submit all out-of-pocket expenses to the county attorney’s office and the county attorney shall request that the offender be ordered to pay restitution.

Since 1997, judges are required to order offenders to pay $150,000 to the estate of a victim killed as a result of a crime. This amount is to be ordered beyond the restitution ordered to victims for out-of-pocket expenses.

The Right to a Victim Impact Statement:

At the time of sentencing, a victim or survivor has the right to submit a victim impact statement to the court. This statement may be presented in person or in writing.

The statement affords victims the opportunity to publicly state the effects of crime on themselves and their families. This statement is not offered to determine guilt.

A victim may seek the assistance of advocates or survivors when preparing and presenting the victim impact statement.

Did You Know?

Every Minute...

  • 5 homes are burglarized
  • 3 people are victims of violent crime
  • 6 children are reported abused
  • 7 women are battered by their partners
Every Day...
  • 1800 women are raped
  • 50 people are murdered
  • 48 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes
Every Year...
  • 37 million Americans become victims
  • $450 billion is lost to personal crime
  • $25 billion is spent by the criminal justice system
What is I.O.V.A.?

If you have been a victim, know someone who has been or are concerned about victim rights, the Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance (I.O.V.A.) is here for you. I.O.V.A. is an organization of crime victims, victim advocates, concerned citizens and concerned agencies. Established in 1983, I.O.V.A. works to address victim issues in Iowa. I.O.V.A. accomplishes this purpose by:

  • Advocating for short and long term changes in the criminal and civil justice system to better meet the needs of victims, survivors, and witnesses
  • Educating professionals to provide more sensitive service to victims, survivors, and witnesses
  • Advocating for the development and continued improvement for victim services in Iowa

Providing forums for crime victims and witnesses to voice their concerns and grievances.