“It’s an honor and privilege to serve as the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney. Our office is dedicated to serving the citizens of Hamilton County. I hope our website is helpful to you in explaining the many duties of the County Prosecutor and by giving you someone to contact if you have questions.”
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters thanked Hamilton County grand jurors for their service. While some court cases were suspended during the coronavirus pandemic, grand jury cases were suspended only briefly and resumed on May 18th. Hamilton County citizens serve on each of the two grand juries which operate daily in Hamilton County. The grand jurors’ service lasts for 2 weeks. Space in the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office was specially designed to accommodate grand [...]
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented on the importance of keeping the public informed about criminal cases during the coronavirus. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “Although the coronavirus has created some limitations, including a resumed pause on jury trials, we are continuing to handle criminal cases and working hard to resolve as many cases as possible. If you are a victim of crime, rest assured that your case has not been [...]
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the following indictments in cases that occurred during the recent riots in Cincinnati from May 30th – June 3rd 2020: Brennon Thomas Male/White Independence, KY DOB 6/14/97 B 2002686 1 count of Improperly Handling Firearms in a Motor Vehicle ORC Section 2923.16 (B) (Felony 4) and 1 count of Carrying Concealed Weapons ORC Section 2923.12 (A) (2) (Felony 4) Possessed loaded gun Rowan Grisez Male/White Clermont County, [...]
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces the misdemeanor assault indictment of Hamilton County Sheriff Sgt. Jesse Franklin for a June 9th assault of inmate Nick Ballachino in the Hamilton County Justice Center (“Justice Center”). Franklin is charged with 1 count of Assault (ORC §2903.13 (A) Misdemeanor 1). This case will be transferred to the City of Cincinnati as they prosecute all misdemeanors that occur in the city limits. If convicted, Sgt. Franklin faces [...]
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented: “I support peaceful protests and the exercise of individuals’ First Amendment rights. As I stated on May 29th, what happened to George Floyd was horrible to watch and totally unjustified. However, looting and rioting do nothing to solve any of our problems or bring change to the justice system and do nothing to honor the memory of George Floyd. Our local law enforcement agencies have done an [...]
"Our criminal justice system relies on help from the community. Without citizens willing to come down and participate in the system, we would not be able to do the important work we do every day to help victims of crime"
Read Prosecutor Joseph Deters' full comments thanking the members of the public who have performed the important public duty of serving as Grand Jurors: ... See MoreSee Less
"If you are a victim of crime, rest assured that your case has not been forgotten."
You can read the latest statement from Prosecutor Joe Deters, regarding the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office ongoing commitment to keeping victims of crime informed about the status of cases as we navigate the coronavirus outbreak together, here: ... See MoreSee Less
Last week, Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Judith Lapp appeared remotely, on behalf of the State of Ohio, before the Ohio Supreme Court on the matter of State v. Bowers, a case involving a violent sexual assault and a child victim of the offense.
Ms. Lapp's outstanding work will hopefully result in the perpetrator of this heinous crime remaining incarcerated.
The work of the Prosecutor's Office doesn't end with a guilty verdict. On behalf of the citizens of Hamilton County, great work Judi! ... See MoreSee Less
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced indictments of 14 individuals in cases that occurred during the recent riots in Cincinnati from May 30th – June 3rd 2020.
Prosecutor Deters commented, “Today, the Hamilton County Grand Jury indicted 14 defendants in 12 different incidents that occurred during the recent protests on May 30th - June 3th. These people, almost 1/4 of whom are not even from Hamilton County, took advantage of what was basically a peaceful protest and put our community and our residents in danger.
As your prosecutor, I will not put up with that.
The City of Cincinnati handles misdemeanor violations which occur in the city - - curfews, etc. We prosecute felonies that occur in the city which is why my office is handling these cases.
I will defend a person’s right to peacefully protest and always will. But, when individuals use that occasion to loot, attack our police and their equipment, and damage private and public property - - I am done with them.
The charges today will not be reduced. They will not be dismissed. And that will apply as long as I am your prosecutor.” ... See MoreSee Less