Division Chief County Court and Intern Director

Heather Jones, Division Chief County Court and Intern Director

The Alachua County Court Division is responsible for prosecuting all misdemeanor and criminal traffic offenses.

Misdemeanor Prosecutions

Handled by the County Court Division, these offenses include Retail Theft, Battery, Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Without Violence, Possession of Marijuana Less Than 20 Grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Prostitution, Animal Abuse, and Truancy, among others. This division also prosecutes criminal violations regulated by the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Criminal Traffic Prosecution

The misdemeanor traffic unit prosecutes criminal offenses such as Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving With License Suspended or Revoked (DWLSR), Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Willful and Wanton Reckless Driving. Because of the serious danger to the community of DUI drivers, the Traffic Unit is aggressive in the prosecution of these cases and has three experienced attorneys dedicated to this function.

Domestic Violence Prosecution

The misdemeanor domestic violence unit consists of specially-trained attorneys who prosecute domestic offenses such as Domestic Battery, Domestic Assault, Stalking, Violation of Injunctions, and Violation of Pre-Trial Release. Additionally, the domestic violence attorneys play an active role assisting the Circuit Civil Court in prosecuting civil violations of domestic violence injunctions. The domestic violence unit works closely with the office’s victim advocates to provide service and support to victims. The unit also provides specialized services to victims with children.

Alternative Resolution/Diversion Programs

The County Court Division issues and monitors all Deferred Prosecution contracts that are offered to qualified first-time offenders charged with limited minor offenses. Additionally, Mental Health Court is a function of the County Court Division, offering mental health treatment as an alternative to incarceration for persons with diagnosed mental illness. Finally, Criminal Mediation is an alternative resolution program used by County Court in appropriate minor misdemeanor offenses where the parties can effectively agree to their own outcome.

Attorney Training and Development

The majority of the new prosecutors hired by the States Attorney’s Office are assigned to the County Court Division where they receive training and supervision from the Division Chief. Additionally, the County Court Division works closely with the University of Florida Levin College of Law to provide student interns and externs the opportunity to research, prepare and/or try criminal cases under the supervision of the Division's attorneys.