The Chief Investigator is responsible for the overall day to day supervision of the Criminal Investigators employed by the District Attorney. All District Attorney Investigators are POST certified peace officers. Some of their duties include: locating victims and witnesses, conducting interviews, serving subpoenas, and testifying in court proceedings and preparing cases for indictment.
Indictment Unit Investigators are responsible for working cases up from the preliminary hearing to the point of filing an accusation or indictment. The assigned Investigator gathers documentation to support the criminal activity described in the criminal warrant or warrantless arrest affidavit. This documentation includes police incident reports, accident reports, bank records, telephone records, medical records, victim / witness statements, photographic line-ups, restitution information, and criminal history and driving history information on the defendants. The case is then prepared for approval of the assigned Assistant District Attorney to be placed on the trial calendar.
Major Case Unit
Major Case Unit Investigators are responsible for working major felony and high profile cases. These Investigators follow their cases through the entire criminal justice process. The cases handled by the Major Case Unit include murder, vehicular homicide, involved financial crimes, and other high profile, politically sensitive cases.
Trial Team Unit
Trial Team Unit Investigators are responsible for handling cases once they are placed on a trial calendar. These Investigators gather physical evidence that is to be presented at trial. They also assist the Assistant District Attorney in jury selection and various trial phases. These Investigators are also present to facilitate the usage of the audio/visual equipment in the courtroom that is available for the State and Defense attorney to use.
Juvenile Court Investigator
The Juvenile Court Investigator is responsible for working cases up from intake to adjudication at the juvenile court level. This investigator gathers documentation to support the delinquent activity described in the juvenile petition. This documentation includes police incident reports, accident reports, victim/witness statements, restitution information and juvenile history and driving history information on the accused. This investigator must pick up evidence when needed for court and also serve subpoenas on the people involved in the court action. In addition to working with police agencies, this investigator also assists juvenile court officers with juvenile complaints filed by citizens.
District Attorney: Tracy Graham Lawson
Harold R. Banke Justice Center, 4th Floor
9151 Tara Boulevard,
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Telephone: (770) 477-3450
Fax: (770) 477-4577