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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Joseph T. Deters, Prosecuting Attorney

“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.”

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Judge Ralph Winkler offers the use of his courtroom to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters to resume grand jury hearings

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters is pleased to announce an agreement with Hamilton County Probate Judge Ralph Winkler for the use of his courtroom to restart the process of seating two grand juries. The grand jury selection process is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 18TH.  A minimum of 26 people are needed to seat both grand juries.  The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office does not have the space to socially distance two grand juries [...]

May 15th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters comments on FOP press conference

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, "I understand and share in the FOP's concern and frustration with violent offenders being released on low bonds.  Those in the community who advocate for the release of violent repeat offenders are just plain wrong.  Violent repeat offenders will continue to re-offend and wreak havoc in our community. I am fine with low level non-violent offenders being released on low bonds.  However, I instruct my assistants to [...]

May 14th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces 10% reduction in his budget in response to County budget crisis

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that he is cutting 10% of his office budget in response to the county budget crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The budget reduction is a combination of furloughs and pay cuts.  Some staff members are furloughed for 2 weeks and others are furloughed for 3 months.  For those employees whose job responsibilities do not allow for furloughs, they will take a pay cut.  Mr. Deters will [...]

April 23rd, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces a new “Crimes of Violence Against Women and Children” Unit

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the formation of the “Crimes of Violence Against Women and Children” Unit. This team will review and screen criminal cases where women, children and domestic partners are victims. Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that nearly 20% of all women experience some form of violence from an intimate partner in their life. Roughly 1 in 10 women report being stalked by a [...]

April 21st, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters and Ohio Attorney General David Yost announce charge against Terry Blankenship for the death of Springdale Officer Kaia Grant

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters and Ohio Attorney General David Yost announced that Terry Blankenship (DOB 12/13/77) was charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (special felony) in violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 2903.01 (E) (1) for the purposeful killing of a police officer while on duty. On March 19th Blankenship broke into his estranged wife’s home in Clinton County, Ohio and pistol whipped his wife’s friend who was at the residence.  [...]

April 8th, 2020|

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For the first time in several weeks, the Grand Jury reconvened at the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office.

This morning, Prosecutor Joe Deters stopped by to personally thank everyone who answered their Grand Jury summons and agreed to serve as jurors for the next two weeks.

Our system of justice only works when we all do our part!
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GRAND JURY UPDATE: Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters is pleased to announce an agreement with Hamilton County Probate Court, Judge Ralph Winkler for the use of his courtroom to restart the process of seating two grand juries.

The grand jury selection process is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 18TH. A minimum of 26 people are needed to seat both grand juries. The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office does not have the space to socially distance two grand juries and to follow Governor DeWine’s orders so they reached out to Judge Winkler to use his courtroom. Using Judge Winkler’s courtroom allows both grand juries to be in the William Howard Taft Law Center at 230 E. Ninth Street with one grand jury in a space specially redone to allow for social distancing in the Prosecutor’s Office and the other in Judge Winkler’s courtroom.

“My Courtroom “A” provides a large, safe and secure environment for Prosecutor Joe Deters office to seat grand juries. The size of my courtroom provides the opportunity to safely enforce social distancing and crisis guidelines that will help protect and provide peace of mind for everyone. This move is cost-effective for the prosecutor’s office as well as my court and provides transparency to the residents of Hamilton County and ensures justice will not be delayed or denied.” - Judge Ralph Winkler

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “I want to thank Judge Winkler for the use of his courtroom. This allows us to have both grand juries in the same building which will make it convenient for the grand jurors, staff and witnesses.
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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters issued the following statement today in response to the press conference held by the Cincinnati Police Department:

"I understand and share in the FOP's concern and frustration with violent offenders being released on low bonds. Those in the community who advocate for the release of violent repeat offenders are just plain wrong. Violent repeat offenders will continue to re-offend and wreak havoc in our community.

I am fine with low level non-violent offenders being released on low bonds. However, I instruct my assistants to ask for high bonds for those defendants charged with a serious crime, who have a prior record and who have weapons or prior weapons charges. This type of defendant needs to be locked up and we have room at the Justice Center to accommodate them."
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Last night, and every night this week, Prosecutor Joe Deters’ office was illuminated blue to show support for our incredible law enforcement officers here in Hamilton County.

We thank all police officers for their dedication to keeping our communities safe! Join us and be part of the Light Ohio Blue campaign to show your support for our police!
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