Divisions & Units

The Pierce County Prosecutor's Office is made up of three primary divisions: Criminal, Civil and Family Support. Our staff members in each division are committed to serving the citizens of Pierce County and pursuing justice.

Criminal Division

The largest division in the office is comprised of six subdivisions: Felony, Homicide, Juvenile, Appeals, Misdemeanor, and Victim Witness Assistance Services. 

Felony Division

Prosecutes felony offenses committed by adults in Pierce County. The felony division is comprised of multiple units, based on the type of crime committed.

Homicide Division

Prosecutes crimes of murder in the first or second degree and manslaughter in the first or second degree.

Misdemeanor Division

Responsible for prosecuting all gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor offenses committed in unincorporated Pierce County and the incorporated cities of Edgewood. Domestic Violence and Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUI) are the two primary areas of prosecution in the Misdemeanor Division.
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Appeals Division

The Appeals Division defends all criminal convictions obtained by the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office, when those convictions are challenged on appeal or by collateral attack.

Juvenile Division

Prosecutes all offenders between the ages of 8 and 17 who commit felonies and misdemeanors within Pierce County.

Victim Witness Assistance Services

Upholding the rights of victims is a top priority for the Prosecutor's Office. Victims and witnesses of crimes committed in Pierce County can contact the Victim Witness Assistance Services Unit for help. Specially trained advocates provide variety of resources to thousands of victims and witnesses every year in each division.

Civil Division

Provides accurate and timely legal advice to county officials and represents the county's interests in court. Deputy prosecutors in the Civil Division have extensive experience concerning the many constitutional, statutory and administrative provisions and court decisions which apply to governmental activities. 

Defending the county when sued, and filing suit for the county when necessary, our litigators have appeared in many venues, from local courts to the United States Supreme Court. Using staff attorneys in litigation develops expertise in governmental issues and is significantly more economical than hiring private counsel. The Civil Division evaluates cases fairly, negotiates where appropriate and litigates when necessary, thereby protecting scarce public resources.

By providing sound legal advice to help county leaders perform their duties, we serve the public through the practice of law. This division is comprised of multiple specialized units.

Family Support Division 

The Family Support Division represents the Division of Child Support, a DSHS agency. The division works with child support agencies throughout Washington State, the U.S. and abroad to establish and enforce child support and to protect the best interests of children in accordance with the laws of Washington State. The division processes more than 5,000 referrals per year.