Criminal Division

The Criminal Prosecution Division of the Vancouver City Attorney's Office is responsible for prosecuting misdemeanor and gross misdemeanors which occur in the City of Vancouver. The Criminal Prosecution Division also drafts criminal ordinances, monitors state criminal justice legislation of interest to the City, provides legal advice to police officers, reviews referred police reports and decides whether criminal charges should be filed, engages in plea and charging negotiations, represents the City at pretrial hearings, tries criminal matters, and is responsible for representing the City in appellate proceedings. 

The Criminal Prosecution Division also is a partner in the Domestic Violence Prosecution Center. The mission of the Domestic Violence Unit is to successfully prosecute domestic violence cases with the goal of providing victim safety, holding batterers accountable and ultimately, stopping the violence. Victims of domestic violence may receive additional support through the Domestic Violence Prosecution Center.