The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office prosecutes all adult felony cases and all juvenile offenses. Different teams of attorneys, victim advocates and legal support staff with appropriate expertise prosecute different kinds of cases.
A felony is an offense that has a sentence of at least one year and one day in state prison. Adult felony cases are assigned based on the type of crime and the background of the offender. For example the Gang Unit prosecutes all offenses by known gang members. Learn more about the types of felony crimes we prosecute and which trial team would handle the case.
The Juvenile Prosecution Division handles all offenses committed by someone under 18.
For information about adult, non-felony cases please consult the appropriate city attorney.
Criminal justice process
The criminal justice process is complex. These overviews are intended to help community members understand the system, the role of different agencies and how a court case may progress. They are not legal advice and do not cover every possible circumstance.
Criminal justice process – provides an overview of the steps in the adult criminal justice system and the role of different agencies
Legal process overview – addresses many frequently asked questions
Restitution is reimbursement from the defendant to the victim(s) for out-of-pocket losses and expenses directly resulting from a crime. It can be included as part of a criminal court-ordered sentence after a defendant enters a plea agreement or is found guilty.
General information about restitution
Restitution information for victims
Restitution information for defendants