Attorney


The Pocahontas County Attorney Office prosecutes adult criminal cases, brings juvenile delinquency and child in need of assistance court actions, and handles civil matters for Pocahontas County such as legal advice for county offices and the Board of Supervisors.  Adult criminal cases can be indictable offenses in district court or simple misdemeanors in magistrate court.  An indictable offense is usually brought by trial information, the formal charging document that is prepared by the county attorney and approved by a judge.  A grand jury may also find probable cause to charge an indictable offense.  In working toward disposition of criminal cases, the County Attorney Office seeks restitution for victims of crime.  The sentencing by the court aims to both punish and rehabilitate the offender.

 

The Pocahontas County Attorney Office works with various agencies.  Investigation and information about criminal matters usually comes from the Pocahontas County Sheriff's Office, city police departments in the county, the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE).  Other agencies such as the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, the Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa Workforce Development, and the Social Security Administration occasionally do investigations that are referred to the County Attorney Office for prosecution.  However, the County Attorney may initiate a charge based solely on citizen information.  When enforcing court orders such as a sentencing, the County Attorney Office often works with the Iowa Department of Corrections that may supervise probation, as well as other local law enforcement agencies.


County Attorney:
Dan Feistner

County Attorney:
Dan Feistner 
Phone: 712-335-4215
Fax: 712-335-4428
Email: dfeistner@pocahontascoia.us
Office: 23 3rd Ave NE, Pocahontas, IA 50574 

 

 


The County Attorney may be contacted for adult criminal cases (both felony and indictable misdemeanors), including drug-related cases, juvenile court cases, magistrate court cases and some civil matters, as well as adult operating while intoxicated cases (both felony and indictable misdemeanors), collection of victim restitution and court costs, commitments for mental health and substance abuse, and some civil matters.  The number of convictions in Pocahontas County is often higher than surrounding counties of slightly higher population.  Several years ago, The Des Moines Register noted that Pocahontas County was first (for 2 years in a row) among the 99 Iowa counties in rate of collection of fines and victim restitution.