The Iosco County Prosecutor is a statutory, mandatory position. The Prosecutor is elected every four years. The Prosecuting Attorney, James A. Bacarella, is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the County of Iosco, and as such, he has a far range of duties. The Iosco County Prosecutor is also responsible for other matters which are not criminal in nature. All of the Prosecutor’s duties are statutory and the following is a partial list of what the prosecutor’s office covers:
- Issuance of all felonies in the County of Iosco.
- Issuance of all misdemeanor complaints in Iosco County.
- Issuance of all search warrants in Iosco County.
- Prepare files, secure witnesses for trials and proceed to trial on all matters ranging from speeding tickets to First Degree Murder cases.
- To handle Probate Court matters which include all misdemeanors and felonies committed by a person 16 years old or younger.
- To provide victims of violent crimes or felonies with Crime Victims Rights information.
- To go to sentencing on criminal matters to provide the Court with any victim’s input or any special requests made for people of Iosco County.
- The Prosecutor works with the Iosco County Department of Human Services (formerly Family Independence Agency, or the Department of Social Services) to bring to court neglectful or abusive parents and try them accordingly.
- To terminate parental rights when a case is deemed appropriate by the Prosecutor and bring the matter to hearing in Probate Court.
- To pursue putative fathers of children born out of wedlock to establish their paternity and enter an order for filiation and child support which assists the State of Michigan and the Friend of the Court Office in their duties, these endeavors reduce the amount of assistance paid by the People of the State of Michigan for these children.
These are just a few of the statutory duties of the Prosecutor, but they highlight the areas the Prosecutor must be knowledgeable in and matters which he must be able to proceed in trial on. Basically, the Prosecutor’s Office is the liaison between the public and the Court and is the person who brings the matter to trial.
We hope this web page is informative regarding the duties of the Prosecutor’s Office. Our office is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions dealing with a criminal matter or a matter covered by our office, please feel free to contact us at 362-6141 to assist you or direct your call to the appropriate agency.
Victim’s Rights Advocate Contact
There are several ways you can attempt to collect money that is still owed to you after probation is done. The following information will describe the forms necessary to attempt collection. You can complete these forms without the assistance of an attorney, or you may contact a private attorney or collection agency for assistance in collecting restitution.
The following forms are available for download in Portable Document Format (PDF):