The Prosecuting Attorney of the County is elected by the voters of each county of West Virginia to serve as the chief legal officer of the county. Responsibilities include the prosecution of all crimes, both misdemeanors and felonies, within the County. In criminal cases, the prosecuting attorney assists in the investigation of all crimes and other law violations. The prosecuting attorney may also be called upon to assist the state Attorney General in state legal actions within the County. The prosecuting attorney's office also must be kept open during elections and be available to advise election officials or answer questions from the public. The term of office for the prosecuting attorney is four years.
Duties and responsibilities include:
Prosecution of all crimes, both misdemeanors and felonies, within the county.
Request warrants be issued for persons charged with felonies.
Try cases before magistrate and circuit judges.
Present information to the Grand Jury for indictment of persons in connection with criminal activity.
Represent the Department of Health and Human Resources in child abuse and neglect cases.
Represent the State in juvenile delinquency cases.
Appoint and supervise assistant prosecuting attorneys.
Serve as special prosecutors as appointed by the Prosecuting Attorneys Institute.