The Criminal Division of the Saint Paul City Attorney's Office is staffed by lawyers, legal assistants, and support staff. The Criminal Division staff handles over 15,000 cases per year.

While all employees work to prosecute gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor crimes and petty misdemeanor offenses committed in the City of Saint Paul, the office has created several specialized sections which focus on particular aspects of prosecution functions or on particular types of crimes.

Trial Unit

The Trial Team consists of 14 attorneys assigned in teams of two to seven Judges. One attorney handles primarily domestic assault cases and the other member of the team handles the remaining matters such as DWI's, non-domestic assaults, thefts, and other.

Domestic Assault Team

The Domestic Assault Team members charge and prosecute all misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor-level domestic assault cases that occur within the City of Saint Paul, including:

  • Violations of orders for protection
  • No-contact orders

Trial Unit Team

The Trial Unit Team members charge and prosecute non-domestic misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor-level offenses, including:

  • Non-domestic assaults
  • DWI
  • Prostitution
  • Gun cases
  • Driving matters that occur within the City of Saint Paul


Community Prosecution Unit

The Community Prosecution Unit was established in 1999 to work directly with police officers and community members in targeted areas to develop long-term solutions to quality-of-life crime problems in Saint Paul neighborhoods.

The unit is staffed by a team of three attorneys. Team members attend meetings in the community, staff police precinct offices, conduct outreach and training as well as carry a caseload.

Main Focus

  • Improve quality of life in targeted neighborhoods
  • Build meaningful partnerships to proactively and creatively solve community crime problems
  • Expand the prosecutorial tools to more effectively address neighborhood quality-of-life crime priorities
  • Hold misdemeanor offenders accountable in the criminal justice system and to the community that has been harmed by quality-of-life crimes
  • Educate the public about the criminal justice system