The District Attorney for the Cape & Islands District represents the Commonwealth in the prosecution of all criminal offenses that occur within the Jurisdiction. The District Attorney for the Cape & Islands District also has civil jurisdiction in narrowly defined areas, most notably the forfeiture of drug proceeds under General Laws, Chapter 94C. Cases are prosecuted at all levels of the state judicial system including the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, and the Trial Court Departments of the Superior, District, and Juvenile courts.
The District Attorney for the Cape & Islands District is responsible for all murder and electronic surveillance investigations. We are obligated to implement changes in the criminal laws and to make recommendations for such changes in representing both the citizens of Barnstable, Nantucket and Dukes Counties as well as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The agency’s goal is to ensure the peace and safety of the community by speedy prosecution of major offenders as well as by expediting the handling of minor criminal matters. In pursuing the reduction of criminal activity, the District Attorney for the Cape & Islands District is assisted by Massachusetts State Police detectives who are assigned to the District Attorney’s Office. The office also works with the police departments within the jurisdiction and encourages cooperative relations among law enforcement agencies at all levels. In pursuing our mission objectives, we continue to emphasize the investigation and prosecution of crime at all levels.
In addition to its law enforcement mandate, the District Attorney for the Cape & Islands District has established programs that address the needs of our community extending beyond the normal prosecution function. These programs include but are not limited to:
Proactive approaches to prosecuting juvenile crime
Proactive approaches to prosecuting and managing sexual offenders and sexually dangerous persons (SDPs)
Prevention and intervention services within the community
Increased interaction with victims of crime
Truancy Prevention Program – Keep Them Coming
Juvenile and Youthful Diversion Programs
Our office also conducts trainings throughout the community. We are frequently invited into the schools for presentations on teen violence, drug issues, school safety planning, bullying, hazing, sexual harassment, internet safety and computer crime.