County Attorney John Forrest Video
The role of the Parker County Attorney’s office is to enhance public safety and welfare through the enforcement of criminal and civil laws of the State of Texas. We seek to respect and protect all crime victims and create open communication and security within the community in the most efficient and ethical manner possible.
The County Attorney’s office is responsible to:
- Assist applicants who seek a mental commitment
- Assist the Parker County Permitting Department and Fire Marshal’s Office on violations of health laws, such as malfunctioning septic systems and illegal dumping
- Assist victims of crime in regard to collecting restitution and, if the victim meets certain criteria, assist in requesting crime victim compensation from the state
- Collect restitution for vendors on hot checks
- May assist in prosecutions before the courts or with matters where conflicts of interest may occur when requested by the Attorney General, a state agency, the district attorney, or a prosecutor from another jurisdiction
- Prosecute juvenile cases referred to the Parker County Court at Law
- Prosecute misdemeanor offenses in the criminal courts
- Render legal advice to county officials and provide legal representation to the county when requested
- Represent family violence victims who seek a protective order
- Represent the State in bail bond forfeiture cases in the Parker County Courts at Law
- Represent the State in criminal cases and motions to revoke misdemeanor probation with the County Courts at Law and the Justice Courts
- Work with law enforcement in the investigation and preparation of cases to be heard before the criminal courts
You can learn more about the county attorney’s duties and functions by visiting the Texas Association of Counties website.