Victor V. Vigluicci, Portage County Prosecutor Victor V. Vigluicci



The new home of the Portage County Prosecutor's Office, opened November 12, 2008.

Portage County Prosecutor's Office

The office of the Portage County Prosecuting Attorney represents the interests of the citizens of the State of Ohio, the residents of Portage County, and Portage County Government in many aspects of civil and criminal law. The Prosecutor's Office operates with four divisions: a Criminal Division, a Civil Division, an Appellate Division, and a Victim/Witness Assistance Division.

The Criminal Division represents the citizens of the State of Ohio and Portage County in prosecuting criminal cases in our County's three Municipal Courts, two Common Pleas Courts and the Juvenile Court. The Portage County Prosecutor is responsible for over 30,000 criminal and traffic cases filed each year in these Courts. This Division also renders legal advice and assistance to our County's seventeen different Police agencies. A Domestic Violence Unit, funded with Federal Grant dollars consists of an assistant prosecutor dedicated to domestic violence cases and an outreach advocate dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence. A Special Victims Unit consisting of an assistant prosecutor and an investigator prosecutes crimes against children, the elderly, and the disabled. A criminal Child Support Enforcement unit locates and criminally prosecutes "deadbeat" parents with large child support arrearages. This unit is staffed by two investigators and fully funded by federal Title IV-D funds. The criminal division is staffed by a total of eleven Assistant Prosecutors, five investigators, and clerical support staff.

The Civil Division provides legal representation to all eighteen of our County elected officials and their respective offices. It also provides legal representation to all County Boards and Commissions, the County's eighteen Townships, their Trustees, Clerks, and Zoning Boards. This Division represents all of these entities in matters of litigation in State and Federal Courts, contracts, personnel matters, and collection of real estate and personal property taxes owed to the County. It represents the Department of Job and Family Services in matters of abused, neglected, and dependent children, and renders general legal advice to all of the County and Township officials. This Division is staffed by seven Assistant Prosecutors, two paralegals, and clerical support staff.

The Appellate Division provides legal representation in all legal matters of the Criminal and Civil Divisions involving appeals from local court decisions to State and Federal Appellate Courts. This division is staffed by two Assistant Prosecutors.

The Victim/Witness Assistance Division provides assistance and information to victims of crime and witnesses in criminal cases, together with referrals to other quality support services offered in Portage County. Advocates are available twenty-four hours a day to assist victims of crimes such as domestic violence, stalking, assault, sexual abuse, child abuse, drunk driving, etc. and to assist the families of homicide victims. These services are available to all residents of Portage County, or anyone who becomes the victim of a violent crime in Portage County. This division’s trained advocates are available to lend immediate support to victims of violent crime, to accompany them to court appearances, provide information and guidance concerning the criminal justice system, make referrals to appropriate social service agencies and counselors, provide information concerning payment of medical bills from State funds, and to notify victims and witnesses concerning important hearing dates and the status or outcome of criminal cases in which they are involved. This division is staffed by three Victim Advocates along with a clerical assistant. This division is funded almost entirely by state and federal grant money.

Internships are available to university students for course credit in all divisions of the Prosecutor’s office.

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The Portage County Prosecutor's Office
241 South Chestnut Street
Ravenna, Ohio 44266

Phone Numbers:
Office: (330) 297-3850
Victim/Witness: 1-800-201-3857
FAX Lines:
Criminal Division: (330) 297-3856
Civil Division: (330) 297-4594

E-mail: prosecutor@portageco.com

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Updated April 14, 2014


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