AGO Public Safety Division
The Public Safety Division is involved in a wide range of criminal
prosecutions at the trial level. Special prosecutors from the division
Missouri's local prosecuting attorneys
in serious or difficult trials and grand jury proceedings or are
appointed by the court to handle trials in cases where the prosecuting
attorney has a conflict
of interest. In 2007, public safety attorneys handled 703 prosecutions in 90 of Missouri's counties and St. Louis.
UNITS IN THE PUBLIC SAFETY DIVISION
- The Meth Prosecution Unit
- The Meth Prosecution Unit of the Public Safety Division specializes
in handling criminal cases involving the manufacture, sale or possession
of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.
- The High Technology and Computer Crime Unit
- The High Technology and Computer Crime Unit investigates and prosecutes,
through civil and criminal charges, illegal activity on the Internet
and other computer-related areas. The unit has taken successful
legal action in such areas as gambling,
sale of alcohol to minors,
harassment and prescription drugs. The unit also assists local prosecutors by providing
them with technical and legal assistance.
- The Sexually Violent Predator Unit
- The Sexually Violent Predator Unit protects the public by seeking
commitment to the Missouri Department of Mental Health of sexual
predators proven to have a mental abnormality that makes them more
likely than not to commit more predatory acts of sexual violence.
Missouri Sex Offender Registry.
- The Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit
- The Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit prosecutes fraud or misconduct
involving workers' compensation on cases referred from the Missouri
Division of Workers' Compensation.
Attorneys in the division also serve as legal counsel for the Missouri
Department of Public Safety, Highway
Patrol, Water Patrol
and other state law enforcement agencies, and represent those agencies
in all civil litigation in which they are a party.
When state felony convictions are challenged in federal court by
petitions for a writ of habeas corpus, the division represents the
state before the U.S. District Court, 8th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S.
Supreme Court. More than 300 federal habeas corpus petitions
are filed and litigated each year.