County Attorney

The Linn County attorney is a constitutionally elected official. The County Attorney is the legal advisor and chief law enforcement officer of the county. The County Attorney is charged with the prosecution of criminal violations as defined by the Code of Iowa. The County Attorney's Office is comprised of 20 assistant Linn County attorneys and 19 support staff personnel and is divided into three divisions Civil, Criminal, and Juvenile.

Duties of the County Attorney

  • Exercise professional discretion when making decisions on criminal charges.
  • Prosecute all violations of state criminal laws and county ordinances.
  • Provide legal advice to the Board of Supervisors and county and township officers concerning county matters.
  • Represent and defend the state, county, and its officers in officially related cases. 
  • Present all juvenile delinquency and child in need of assistance cases and mental health commitment proceedings. 

The County Attorney's Office Does Not:

  • Give legal advice to or represent private groups or persons.
  • File lawsuits for private persons or defend them against lawsuits, including actions for dissolution of marriage.
  • Prepare wills, deeds or other legal documents for private individuals.

Helpful Numbers

Public Defenders Office

Clerk of Court

Linn County Advocate

Linn County Jail

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  1. Linn County Attorney’s Office Completes Investigation into the Officer-Involved Shooting on July 30

    The investigation concludes use of force justified and criminal charges against the officers are not warranted. Read on...
  2. Linn County Jury Convicts Man Who Robbed and Beat Older Couple in Coggon in January on all Counts

    On July 20, 2022, after a week-long trial, a Linn County jury convicted Brandon William Lee, 33, of Cedar Rapids, on two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, two Counts of Willful Injury, Theft in the First Degree, and Impersonating a Public Official. Read on...
  3. Linn County Employee Recognized for Helping to Close Loophole in Criminal Justice System

    Advocacy efforts result in new law. Read on...
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