Administration/Howard County State’s Attorney’s Main Office
The State’s Attorney’s Office provides a bad check program to obtain full restitution for the victim merchants much sooner than often occurs after formal court proceedings. Additionally, merchants can receive restitution without adding these cases to the already busy court dockets and without the merchants ever having to spend any time attend court. The Bad Check Restitution Program operates in conjunction with American Corrective Counseling Services which works between the private and public sectors. First time offenders are given the opportunity to avoid criminal prosecution by attending a mandatory, eight-hour class, in addition to paying restitution. All of this is accomplished without any cost to the taxpayers. Checks ineligible for the State’s Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program may be pursued via small claims court process, criminal court proceedings, or by a private collection agency.
The State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to working with Pupil Personnel Workers (PPW) from the Howard County Board of Education in truancy cases. Our office criminally charges and prosecutes those parents and guardians responsible for unlawfully failing to send their children to school. Prior to taking the serious step of instituting criminal charges, the State’s Attorney’s Office works with the PPWs by reviewing truancy cases and by warning parents and guardians that if they do not correct the truancy issue, they may face criminal prosecution.
Our office reviews these cases as quickly as possible through our Citizen Screening Program in the District Court Division. This Screening Program is a valuable opportunity to: (1) gather more information from the victim about the incident so we can properly prosecute the case; (2) explain the criminal process to the victim; and (3) to evaluate the case and determine whether the case should proceed for trial, be diverted outside formal prosecution, or dismissed.
The State’s Attorney’s Office works with representatives of the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, the Howard County Detention Center, and the State Division of Correction to screen and prosecute criminal cases occurring in those institutions. Occasionally, crimes occur within these facilities, including assaults of patients, inmates, or employees of the facility. The liaison works with the security departments of these facilities to obtain all of the relevant evidence and makes appropriate charging and prosecution decisions.
The Howard County Drug/DUI Court fosters partnerships between prosecutors, defense attorneys, case managers, law enforcement and alcohol/drug treatment professionals. Offenders must voluntarily enter the program and they are subject to strict compliance with rigorous treatment protocols that are verified by frequent testing, close community supervision and interaction with the judge during regular in-court review hearings. Members of the Drug/DUI Court are dedicated to changing the behavior of offenders addicted to alcohol or drugs who are arrested for DUI and drug-related offenses. The goal of this program is to protect public safety by attacking the root cause of the offenders’ criminal case which is alcohol and/or drug abuse. The Drug/DUI Court team work to systematically change participant behavior early in the legal process through mandatory rehabilitative services. The end goal for offenders is a lifetime of substance-free living, enhancing the quality of life for both the offender and the Howard County community.
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