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Victims, witnesses, process

Victim Services

Victim Services provides advocacy, support and referrals for victims of crime as their cases move through the criminal justice process.

Domestic Abuse Service Center

The Domestic Abuse Service Center provides victims of domestic violence access to the legal assistance and social services they need. You can file for order for protection, and learn about your rights and other information from advocates on site. Contact DASC by phone at 612-348-5073.

Restitution information for victims

Crime victims may be owed restitution. Restitution is reimbursement from the defendant for out-of-pocket losses and expenses directly resulting from a crime. Find out more about restitution for crime victims.

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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.

Justice system overview – learn more about how the criminal justice system works and the role of different agencies.

Types of crimes and offenders – adult felony cases are assigned based on the type of crime and the background of the offender. Learn more about the types of felony crimes we prosecute and which trial team would handle the case.

Juvenile prosecution – all misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by someone under 18 are handled by county attorneys. Learn more about the Juvenile Prosecution Division, the juvenile justice system and diversion programming.

Case information – basic information about court cases is public, with exceptions for juvenile court records.

In Minnesota, all offenses committed by someone under 18 are handled by county attorneys. The Hennepin County Attorney's Juvenile Prosecution Division is responsible for these cases. Staff are dedicated to providing services and support to victims in these crimes and helping them navigate the juvenile court system. 

Juvenile prosecution – learn more about this division and the juvenile justice system

Juvenile diversion – learn about diversion, intervention and other services for juvenile offenders with the goal of returning the youth to law-abiding behavior.

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Impact of financial crimes

Financial crimes

Financial crimes may include fraud, identity theft and so-called “white collar crimes.”  Learn how to protect yourself and how we prosecute these cases.

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Sealing criminal records

Sealing Criminal Records to Enhance Justice


Information from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office

Mike Freeman on the importance of sealing criminal records to enhance justice. Plus, what criminal records can be sealed, waiting periods, frequently asked questions, and how a person can apply to have their criminal records sealed.


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Domestic abuse

Protecting victims and children

Domestic abuse service center

IMPORTANT UPDATE: All services including advocacy, Orders for Protection, and safety planning, can be accessed by calling (612) 348-5073 or onsite at the Domestic Abuse Service Center located in the lower level of the Government Center. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 8am -4:30pm.  

If assistance is needed beyond hours of operation, please contact Day One via phone at 1-866-223-1111 or text at (612) 399-9995.

In October 2019, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Domestic Abuse Service Center (DASC) and also honored Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DASC continues to focus on support services available to victims, addressing the severity of domestic violence and sexual assault in this region, state and country. Our goal is to help as many people as we can. And we want you to know that we’re here for those in need.

The Domestic Abuse Service Center provides victims of domestic violence access to the legal assistance and social services they need. You can file for an order for protection, learn about your rights and other information from advocates on site.

Children and families

Programs and resources for children, students and parents

Child Support

Child Support works to ensure children have the support they need from both parents by enforcing child support enforcement laws. To contact, call 612-348-3600 or email child.support@hennepin.us.

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Juvenile justice system

Juvenile offenders are those who commit crimes before turning 18. Prosecutors maintain public safety through appropriate sanctions and programming.

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Protecting vulnerable adults

Mike Freeman and Jane Freeman

Vulnerable adults

Protecting vulnerable adults is a priority of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. Both criminal and civil actions can be taken to protect a vulnerable adult from neglect, abuse or financial exploitation.

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Civil commitments

Support for mental health or chemical dependency issues

Mental health and chemical dependency commitments

The main task of the county attorney's Adult Services Division, both in numbers and the impact on county residents, is civil commitments of patients suffering from mental health or chemical dependency issues. Learn more about civil commitments.

Prevailing wage

Forms, information and prevailing wage rates

Trades Union instructor

Prevailing wage

Prevailing wage helps ensure that employees working on county-funded contracts are paid the wage to which they are entitled. 

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Property tax petition

Contesting the tax assessment