Tom Lee, District Attorney
The Ninth Judicial District Attorneys Office is comprised of eleven prosecutors and thirty-two support staff serving Payne and Logan Counties. Our annual caseload consists of three thousand felony and misdemeanor cases, over three hundred Juvenile cases. Our office also maintains over three thousand child support cases. The following is an overview of the Divisions and Programs of the Ninth Judicial District Attorneys Office.
Bogus Check Restitution Division assists merchants and citizens in the collection and prosecution of false and bogus checks. This service is provided free of charge to all merchants and citizens of Payne County and is funded 100% by the bogus check writers. The collection fee charged to each check writer enables the program to be self-supporting without any additional financial burden to the taxpayers. Since its formation in 1983, the District Attorneys Bogus Check Restitution Program has returned over 3.2 million dollars directly to the business community.
Child Support Enforcement Division is responsible for establishing and enforcing child support orders in Payne and Logan Counties. This division maintains over three thousand cases and collects 3 million dollars annually in child support payments.
Civil Division provides legal advice to county officers and employees regarding their official duties. Additionally, this division may appear in District Court on behalf of the County in civil actions brought by, or against the county and often provides legal defense services to County Officers or employees when they are sued in the good faith performance of their official duties.
Criminal Prosecution Division is responsible for the prosecution of all traffic, misdemeanor and felony offenses committed in Payne and Logan Counties. There are seven Assistant District Attorneys and eight support staff members dedicated to the prosecution of over three thousand felony and misdemeanor cases in the Ninth Judicial District.
Criminal Restitution Program: The Criminal Restitution Program assists victims of crime in recovering financial loss suffered as a result of a criminal act. Loss information provided to our office by the victim is submitted to the Court with our request that the defendant be ordered to pay restitution. The Court makes the final decision concerning payment of restitution and all restitution is ordered to be paid and monitored through the District Attorneys Criminal Restitution Program. The Criminal Restitution Program returned $_____________ to Payne and Logan County crime victims in 1999.
Juvenile/Mental Health/Adult Protective Services Division is responsible for the prosecution of juvenile delinquent (criminal) cases, as well as, the protection of abused or neglected children and incapacitated or elderly adults. Further, this division petitions the Court on behalf of children and adults who are in need of mental health treatment in order to protect them from self-harm and endangering others in the community. The goal of the Juvenile/Mental Health/Adult Protective Services Division is to ensure juvenile and parental responsibility for children who have committed criminal acts as well as the protection of the rights of abused and neglected children and incapacitated and elderly adults. Our office handles 500 cases annually concerning delinquent and deprived children.
Victim-Witness Division is responsible for providing comprehensive services to witnesses and victims of crime in Payne County. These services include victim notification, financial assistance, crisis intervention, court orientation, emotional support, and assistance in the return of seized and recovered property being held as evidence in criminal cases.