City Attorney's Office
Mission: to enhance public safety and quality of life for Minneapolis residents by holding criminal offenders accountable and enforcing civil ordinances and to deliver high quality, cost effective legal services and to vigorously represent the City’s interests in litigation matters.
What does the City Attorney’s Office Do?
The City Attorney’s Office includes a staff of 107 and is organized into two divisions: Civil and Criminal. The Civil Division provides a broad range of legal services to the City’s elected officials and staff, the City’s departments and independent boards and commissions. The Criminal Division prosecutes misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor crimes within the City.
What is the difference between the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office?
The Minneapolis City Attorney's Office represents the City of Minneapolis, its elected officials and staff, City departments and the City’s independent boards and commissions in all civil matters. In addition, the Office prosecutes petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor criminal cases committed by adults, occurring within the City.
The Hennepin County Attorney's Office prosecutes felony level criminal cases, or cases involving juvenile offenders (person under 18 years of age).
Typical felony offenses include, but are not limited to the following: robbery, terroristic threats, motor vehicle theft, theft or damage to property where the value stolen or damaged is over $1000, assault with a dangerous weapon, criminal sexual conduct, child neglect and burglary.
Typical misdemeanor offenses include, but are not limited to the following: simple assault – domestic or non-domestic, disorderly conduct, trespassing, consuming alcohol in public, driver’s license or insurance violations, driving under the influence of alcohol, loitering with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia in public, violation of an order for protection or a harassment/restraining order, theft or damage to property where the value of the stolen or damaged property is less than $1000, careless or reckless driving and most petty traffic offenses.
Felony Criminal Prosecution
Hennepin County Attorney's Office - (612) 348-5561
Juvenile Criminal Prosecution
Hennepin County Attorney's Office - (612) 348-7916
Does the City Attorney's Office represent private citizens?
No. The Minneapolis City Attorney's Office does not represent individuals in private legal matters and cannot provide any legal advice to individuals. Attorneys in the Office represent the City's elected officials and staff, City departments, and the City’s independent boards and commissions.
Last updated Mar. 25, 2014