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Program Contacts

Contact Lisa Russo of the Office of the State's Attorney at 240.777.7407 or Trevor Lobaugh of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2763 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Mission Statement

The Office of the State's Attorney is a constitutionally created independent agency. The mission of the Office of the State's Attorney is to serve the public interest through the fair and honest administration of justice by exercising its responsibilities to: prosecute criminal violations in Montgomery County; educate the public with regard to criminal justice issues; provide training to lawyers for future service; address inequality and promote fairness in the criminal justice system; ensure access to the criminal justice system; promote professional relations with judges and attorneys; and further the efficient use of criminal justice resources.

Budget Overview

The total approved FY18 Operating Budget for the Office of the State's Attorney is $17,323,322, an increase of $904,134 or 5.51 percent from the FY17 Approved Budget of $16,419,188. Personnel Costs comprise 95.03 percent of the budget for 140 full-time position(s) and 11 part-time position(s), and a total of 147.35 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 4.97 percent of the FY18 budget.

Consistent with the County Charter, the County Executive makes recommendations on the operating budget for all County departments, offices, and agencies. However, recognizing the Charter-defined roles, the Executive defers significantly to Legislative and Judicial Branch agencies. Questions regarding the approved budgets for Judicial Branch departments should be directed to Lisa Russo, 240-777-7407.

Linkage to County Result Areas

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following is emphasized:

  • Safe Streets and Secure Neighborhoods

Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY17 estimates reflect funding based on the FY17 approved budget. The FY18 and FY19 figures are performance targets based on the FY18 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY19.


  • Recruitment of undergraduate and law school students as volunteer interns has resulted in the equivalent of almost 16 additional full time employees in the past year. The interns screen cases, assist in case preparation, contact witnesses and gather evidence. Volunteers donated 12,240 hours during the spring 2015 semester. In the summer and fall semesters, 20,250 hours were donated to the office by our volunteers.

  • Reached 14,228 students in FY16 through presentations on cyberbullying, "Speak up, Save a Life" and healthy teen dating.

Program Descriptions


Staff provides central services in areas of budget, personnel, automated systems management, general office management, and public information. In addition, staff coordinates efforts and initiatives with other criminal justice agencies.

Notes: FTE increase is primarily due to IT cost center establishment that now budgets IT staff under Administration program. Expenditure increase is primarily the result of funding allocated to the State's Attorney's Office body camera response and other initiatives.

  Circuit Court Prosecution

The Circuit Court Prosecution program reviews cases for possible filing in the Circuit Court by presenting these cases to the Grand Jury for indictment or filing a Circuit Court information (charging document). After charges are filed, the State's Attorney's Office litigates these cases to disposition. Senior Assistant State's Attorneys provide support and guidance to ongoing police investigations and conduct Grand Jury investigations of major felony, drug distribution, gang crimes, internet crimes, and environmental cases. The Family Violence Unit prosecutes crimes of domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse. Appeals and demands for jury trials in District Court cases are litigated in the Circuit Court.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
Number of community outreach presentations on teen dating7768454545
Number of community outreach presentations on internet safety / cyberbullying7791108127150
Number of students reached through community outreach presentations in schools16,38514,22816,35216,35216,352
Number of community outreach presentations for Seniors 1531646464

  Juvenile Court Prosecution

The Juvenile Court Prosecution program prosecutes criminal violations committed by juvenile offenders in Montgomery County and performs a preliminary review of all cases in which a juvenile is charged with a violent crime. This includes cases which have been reviewed by the Juvenile Services Administration and then referred to the Office of the State's Attorney. In such cases, formal charges are filed where appropriate, and litigated to disposition in the Juvenile Court, attempting to obtain restitution for victims when possible. This program also provides administrative support to Teen Court, a Countywide peer adjudication initiative for non-violent juvenile offenses.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
Number of students participating in the Truancy Prevention Program 1192239297297297
Percent of Truancy Prevention Program participants showing at least 60% improvement in unexcused absences
Percent of Truancy Prevention Program participants showing improvement in unexcused absences66.
Percent of Truancy Prevention Program participants showing improved literacy and math grades at the end of the semesterN/A40%40%40%40%
Number of teens referred to the Teen Court program542383271191135
Percent of teens who declined to participate in the Teen Court program1918181818
Percent of Teen Court participants who successfully complete the program requirements 75.784.479.579.579.5
Number of juvenile cases screened for mediation 4439353127
Percent of juvenile cases screened resulting in mediations2515202020
Percent of juvenile mediations in which an agreement reached2415202020
Juvenile mediation: Total actual restitution vs. Total restitution requested$845 of $8450 of 0TBDTBDTBD
1  FY17 and FY18 projections reflect the CE's recommended expansion to 20 middle schools. The program was expanded from 10 to 15 middle schools in FY16.

  District Court Prosecution

The District Court Prosecution program prosecutes criminal cases including misdemeanor arrests, citizen complaints, and serious or incarcerable traffic offenses. The State's Attorney's Office has also implemented a Domestic Violence docket in District Court to ensure that assault cases of a domestic nature and violations of protective orders are given special attention.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
Number of adult cases screened for mediation 210225241258277
Percent of adult cases screened resulting in mediations5746525252
Percent of adult mediations in which an agreement reached54.589.071.871.871.8
Adult mediations: Total actual restitution vs. Total restitution requested$81,616 of $145,419$84,570 of $100,804TBDTBDTBD

Notes: FTE decrease is primarily due to IT cost center establishment that now budgets IT staff under the Administration program

  District Court Screening and Mediation

The District Court Screening program resolves cases before the trial date by contacting victims and witnesses to determine what outcome they would like to obtain from the criminal justice system. This program relies on volunteers and is supervised by permanent staff. It provides victim/witness assistance by delivering information about the criminal justice system to victims and witnesses whose cases are expected to go to trial. The Pre-Trial Mediation program is designed to resolve non-violent disputes between individuals. Trained volunteers and a mediation specialist work to resolve issues and reduce to writing an agreement by which all sides will abide.

Notes: FTE increase is result of administrative reassignment of positions with no overall increase of FTEs.

  Victim/Witness Court Assistance

This program assists victims in criminal cases that have been designated as "victim-intensive" by virtue of the vulnerability of the victim or the type of crime. Victims receive direct court assistance from a Victim/Witness Coordinator. The Coordinator guides the victim through the judicial process, provides assistance where necessary, and makes referrals to other County agencies as needed. In all other cases, Assistant State's Attorneys provide information and assistance to victims and witnesses. This program is staffed with permanent and volunteer personnel.

  Major Fraud and Special Investigations

The Special Prosecutions Division program investigates allegations of complex financial crimes such as real estate and other business investment fraud schemes for which the Department of Police is unable to provide investigative resources. The program also investigates allegations of thefts involving attorneys stealing from clients, financial exploitation of elderly victims, and misconduct by public officials. When these investigations support criminal charges, the cases are charged, generally in the Circuit Court, and litigated to disposition by Senior Assistant State's Attorneys. A significant part of this program is attempting to obtain restitution for victims and businesses that have lost money in these complex cases. Program staff also provides guidance to police officers and investigators from other agencies in situations where financial crimes may be suspected.

  Prosecution Management

Prosecution Management staff coordinate case loads; schedule docket assignments; receive visitors; direct phone calls; and enter and audit data in the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) for the Circuit, District, and Juvenile Courts.

Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages11400748.0011742076.00 11892131.00 12375773.005.4
Employee Benefits3545049.003746825.00 3624704.00 3952026.005.5
County General Fund Personnel Costs14945797.0015488901.00 15516835.00 16327799.005.4
Operating Expenses884573.00811061.00 952178.00 860656.006.1
Capital Outlay8359.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures15838729.0016299962.00 16469013.00 17188455.005.5
Full-Time130.00134.00 134.00 138.003.0
Part-Time11.0010.00 10.00 10.000.0
FTEs138.68142.31 142.31 146.372.9
Discovery Materials6932.0026000.00 26000.00 7000.00-73.1
Other Charges/Fees4100.004200.00 4200.00 4200.000.0
County General Fund Revenues11032.0030200.00 30200.00 11200.00-62.9
Salaries and Wages98109.0090416.00 90416.00 105572.0016.8
Employee Benefits21117.0028810.00 28810.00 29295.001.7
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs119226.00119226.00 119226.00 134867.0013.1
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures119226.00119226.00 119226.00 134867.0013.1
Full-Time2.002.00 2.00 2.000.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs1.181.05 1.05 0.98-6.7
Federal Grants60000.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants59226.00119226.00 119226.00 134867.0013.1
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues119226.00119226.00 119226.00 134867.0013.1
Total Expenditures15957955.0016419188.00 16588239.00 17323322.005.5
Total Full-Time Positions132.00136.00 136.00 140.002.9
Total Part-Time Positions12.0011.00 11.00 11.000.0
Total FTEs139.86143.36 143.36 147.352.8
Total Revenues130258.00149426.00 149426.00 146067.00-2.2
FY18 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Hire New Attorney to Review Unfounded Sexual Assault Cases 613550.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY18 Compensation Adjustment4444890.00
Increase Cost: Personnel and storage Costs for Body Cameras3386453.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Personnel Costs2938850.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment382340.00
Increase Cost: Convert Assistant Truancy Prevention Program Coordinator from Contractual to Permanent [Juvenile Court Prosecution]166181.00
Increase Cost: JustWare Licenses [Administration]15300.00
Increase Cost: Section 2-123A Mandated Salary Increase [Administration]7880.00
Technical Adj: FTE Adjustment to Match Department Submission00.06
Decrease Cost: Printing and Mail-65690.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-103660.00
Decrease Cost: Turnover Savings-2901160.00
FY18 APPROVED17188455146.37
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Increase in Drug Court Award [Circuit Court Prosecution]126410.00
Increase Cost: Increase in Gun Violence Reduction Grant [District Court Prosecution]30000.00
Technical Adj: Reallocation of FTEs to match Grant Awards0-0.07
FY18 APPROVED1348670.98
Program Summary
Program NameFY17 APPR
Circuit Court Prosecution747249357.02747395357.93
Juvenile Court Prosecution153175614.10180186616.50
District Court Prosecution347625137.74273863725.57
District Court Screening and Mediation6194276.50139012214.50
Victim/Witness Court Assistance3953364.004232244.00
Major Fraud and Special Investigations4303935.004653375.00
Prosecution Management151271012.0011627599.25
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY17
PoliceGeneral Fund1121680.501162100.50
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
FY18 Approved17188.00000017188.00000017188.00000017188.00000017188.00000017188.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY180.000000138.000000138.000000138.000000138.000000138.000000
New positions in the FY18 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY180.000000-110.000000-110.000000-110.000000-110.000000-110.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY18, including body camera storage costs ($110,000), will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.000000212.000000212.000000212.000000212.000000212.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures17188.00000017428.00000017428.00000017428.00000017428.00000017428.000000
Annualization of Personnel Costs and FTEs
TitleFY18 Approved FY19 Annualized
Personnel and Storage Costs for Body Cameras2900003.004284373.00