Jack Browning, District Attorney
The District Attorney is an elected official and the Chief
Prosecution Officer of the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit, comprised
of Polk and
Haralson Counties. Under the Constitution and the laws of the
State of Georgia,
the District Attorney is responsible for the prosecution of
felonies and misdemeanors, committed in Polk and Haralson
It is the responsibility of the District Attorney's Office is
ensure and provide for the fair, effective, and expeditious
crimes in Polk and Haralson Counties.
The mission of the District Attorney's Office is to:
*** Efficiently handle all felony and a variety of
cases to ensure that swift, sure justice is handed out to those
who present a
threat to public safety.
*** Demonstrate a compassionate awareness of the needs of
citizens who have become the victims of crime.
*** Be responsible and transparent stewards of public funds
managing effectively and making the most use of public
*** Develop the capacity to anticipate and effectively deal
new threats to the safety and economic well-being of our
*** Be ever mindful that the people of Polk County have
right to honest, effective prosecution in all cases where there is
from your District Attorney, Jack Browning
Thank you for taking the opportunity to visit the Polk
website to learn more about your District Attorney's Office.
It is an
honor to serve as YOUR District Attorney.
While I believe the primary responsibility of our office is
work with law enforcement and crime victims in the prosecution of
pose a threat to public safety, and to compassionately assist
those who have
been victims of crime, we cannot do so effectively without your
I encourage you to visit and "Like" the official Facebook
of your District Attorney's Office, at www.facebook.com/Haralson.Polk.DA.Office.
There, you will find and receive the latest news
concerning the work the office is doing to make your communities
neighborhoods a safer place to live, work, and raise your
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Cedartown, GA 30125
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What does the District
Attorney's Office do?
The office of the District
Attorney in the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit prosecutes all felony
and misdemeanor criminal activity in the judicial
2. What is the difference between
a felony and a misdemeanor?
A misdemeanor is a crime that
is punishable by a period of up to one year. A felony is a
more serious crime that is punishable by a period of imprisonment
longer than a year.
3. What is a subpoena?
A subpoena is an order
directing you to be present at the time and place stated. You
may receive your subpoena by mail or in person. Your subpoena
may indicate that you are "on call" and your presence may not be
required. Call the district Attorney's Office at the number
listed on the subpoena to be placed "on call". You must leave
both a day and nighttime phone numbers where you can be reached
during trial week. If you are placed "on call", do not come
to the courthouse unless someone from the D.A's office or a law
enforcement agency calls you.
4. Can I speak to an Assistant
District Attorney before my court appearance?
Yes, but you will need to
contact the office to schedule an appointment. If you are a
defendant and are represented by an attorney the District Atorney's
Office cannot communicate with you directly outside the presence of
your attorney. Please make arrangements with your attorney to
speak with the District Attorney's Office.
5. I think a crime has been
committed. How do I press charges?
You must first contact a law
enforcement agency such as your local police department or
sheriff's office to report the crime. An investigator should be
able to direct you on how to proceed.
6. Who does the District Attorney
The District Attorney
represents the people and the laws of the State of
7. I want to drop charges. How do
I do that?
You may contact the Assistant
District Attorney handling your case to discuss your concerns.
While your feelings will be considered, the District Attorney's
Office may decide to prosecute any case in the best interest of the
State of Georgia.