The State’s Attorney for Garrett County is responsible for the enforcement of State criminal laws within the geographical borders of the County. The Constitution of Maryland created the office and there is an elected State’s Attorney in each political jurisdiction in the State.
Cases presented by the State’s Attorney’s Office in District Court include misdemeanors (e.g., assault, malicious destruction of property, theft, controlled dangerous substance offenses) and jailable traffic offenses (e.g., drunk driving, driving while suspended, and fleeing and eluding). The State’s Attorney’s Office presents cases in the Circuit Court, Sitting as a Juvenile Court.
Felonies (e.g., murder, robbery, rape, kidnapping, child abuse, burglary, distribution of controlled dangerous substances), and all jury trial prayers and appeals from the District Court are prosecuted in the Circuit Court by the State’s Attorney’s Office. The Victim-Witness Coordinator apprises victims of the status of these criminal prosecutions.
The State’s Attorney’s Office is designated as the forfeiting agent for drug forfeitures involving personal property (including vehicles and money) and real property. Decisions regarding drug forfeitures, involving personal property (including vehicles and money) and real property, are made in consultation with the seizing police agency.
The State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to building partnerships with law enforcement agencies, service agencies, community organizations, and other community groups to implement strategies to detect, arrest and prosecute criminals in the county. Further, by working with these groups we can also find ways to formulate preventative and educational programs to deter criminal activity. The office is committed to the ideals of justice and fairness and strives to provide courteous attention to the needs of the public we serve.
Circuit Court Division District Court Division
Lisa Thayer Welch, States's Attorney Christian Mash, Assistant State's Attorney