Working with prosecuting attorneys
Assisting with investigations and prosecutions
The Attorney General's Office assists prosecuting attorneys in complicated trials or are appointed as special prosecutors when there is a conflict of interest. This legal work saved counties more than $2.9 million in 2007.
Attorneys in the Public Safety Division handled 703 special prosecutions in 90 counties and St. Louis in 2007. They obtained nine first-degree murder convictions that resulted in seven sentences of life without parole and two death sentences.
The division's Meth Prosecution Strike Force can assist counties in investigating and prosecuting methamphetamine cases. The High Technology and Computer Crime Unit can help prosecutors and law enforcement investigate computer- and Internet-related crimes.
Prosecuting attorneys who have questions about a case or need assistance can e-mail Susan Boresi, chief counsel for the Public Safety Division.
Prosecuting attorneys can also search the Expert Witness Database for instances of expert witness testimony. Transcripts of expert witness testimony may be requested by completing a simple online form.
The Criminal Division represents the state in every felony case appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court and Missouri Court of Appeals.
Missouri Office of Prosecution Services
Address: P.O. Box 899
Jefferson City, MO 65102
The office provides technical assistance to prosecuting attorneys. The staff trains prosecuting attorneys and is the primary source of continuing legal education for prosecutors. The MOPS office conducts two statewide conferences per year as well as trial schools and numerous specialized conferences throughout the year.
The office also updates the Missouri Prosecutors Trial Casebook and Missouri Prosecutors Form Book. The office serves as a clearinghouse of materials for prosecuting attorneys. It publishes a monthly newsletter that includes caselaw updates and information about MOPS programs.
Front Line Report
The Attorney General's Office produces an issues-oriented newsletter for Missouri's law enforcement personnel and county prosecutors. Front Line Report details changes in state laws and case law that affect law enforcement. The report also contains information geared toward the continuing education of law enforcement, including upcoming seminars and training sessions.