Criminal Prosecution

A team of approximately 90 criminal law attorneys prosecutes nearly 250,000 cases annually in Jefferson District Court. Offenses range from traffic citations to felony crimes at their earliest stages. 

Warrant Intake Division
Kentucky is one of few states that allows private citizens, as opposed to police officers, to swear out criminal complaints. If misdemeanors are not witnessed by police, police decline involvement or a victim does not notify police of a crime, the citizen may come to the Warrant Intake Division in the Hall of Justice to file a complaint. 

Common Warrant Intake cases include:
Domestic Violence
Neighborhood disputes
Thefts
Minor assaults
Bad checks
Zoning and ordinance violations
Warrant Intake prosecutors screen cases to determine if criminal charges should be filed. Cases are set for conference and a plea agreement is reached, or the case is set for a bench or jury trial. A bench trial is heard by a district court judge, a jury trial is heard by the judge and a sworn jury.

How to File A Criminal Complaint

Criminal Court
All types of Jefferson District Court cases (including Traffic, Driving Under the Influence, and Domestic Violence) are now heard in 10 courtrooms, according to alphabetical listing of defendants’ last names.

 

9:00 AM Monday-Friday

HJ301

HJ302

HJ303

HJ304

HJ203

HJ204

HJ101

HJ102

HJ103

HJ104

A-BRI

BRJ-CRA

CRB-FRANK

FRANKL-HEC

HED-KING

KINH-MEA

MEB-PIC

PID-SEZ

SF-TRO

TRP-Z

 

1:00PM Monday-Friday

Courtroom

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

HJ301

A-BRI

A-BRI

 

 

A-BRI

HJ302

BRJ-CRA

BRJ-CRA

 

 

BRJ-CRA

HJ303

CRB-FRANK

CRB-FRANK

CRB-FRANK

 

 

HJ304

FRANKL-HEC

FRANKL-HEC

FRANKL-HEC

 

 

HJ203

 

HED-KING

HED-KING

HED-KING

 

HJ204

 

KINH-MEA

KINH-MEA

KINH-MEA

 

HJ101

 

 

MEB-PIC

MEB-PIC

MEB-PIC

HJ102

 

 

PID-SEZ

PID-SEZ

PID-SEZ

HJ103

SF-TRO

 

 

SF-TRO

SF-TRO

HJ104

TRP-Z

 

 

TRP-Z

TRP-Z

 

Assistant County Attorneys in these courtrooms prosecute a variety of charges, including:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Domestic violence
  • Traffic
  • Shoplifting
  • Drug possession
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Gun crimes

The court has the authority to negotiate and resolve all misdemeanor offenses. If the cases cannot be resolved, they are passed for a bench or jury trial.

A felony charge cannot be resolved in district court unless it is amended to a misdemeanor of referred to Rocket Docket.

The defendant can waive a felony charge to the grand jury, or the court conducts a preliminary hearing to determine the probable cause that the crime was committed by the defendant. 

Project Safe Neighborhoods
A coordinate program designed to provide the most effective prosecution of gun crimes in Louisville/Jefferson County Metro.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Five full-time Assistant County Attorneys and two Victim Advocates prosecute approximately 4,000 DUI cases annually from start to finish, with a consistent conviction rate of 92%.

Truancy Prosecution
In partnership with the Jefferson County Public Schools, the Jefferson County Attorney's Office prosecutes parents of habitually truant elementary students. 

Unified Juvenile Prosecution Unit
Assistant County Attorneys prosecute violent juvenile crimes from arraignment through sentencing.

Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Intake Center -- County Attorney O'Connell provides major funding and staffing of this unit to provide essential services in one secure location to help victims escape the cycle of domestic violence. For more information, click here.

Domestic Violence Victims' Advocates -- Eight full-time victim advocates offer essential support and guidance for more than 5,000 victims of domestic violence annually. 

Domestic Violence Detectives -- Two detectives assist with the preparation of domestic violence prosecutions.