Attorney’s Office



Welcome to the home page for Polk County Attorney John P. Sarcone.

The attorneys and staff in the Polk County Attorney's Office work hard to achieve justice for the victims of crime and to serve the community of over 430,000 residents in Polk County, by prosecuting violations of state law and providing legal counsel to the county government.


About Us

The County Attorney is the legal advisor and chief law enforcement officer for the county. The Civil Division provides legal counsel to elected officials and County departments and represents the County in court actions. The Criminal Division files and prosecutes charges for violations of state law that occur within Polk County. The Juvenile Division represents the state in Child in Need of Assistance cases and juvenile delinquency matters.

More about John P. Sarcone

News & Press

Friday, November 30, 2018
OWI Report (October 2018)

One Hundred seventy-four DEFENDANTS SENTENCED FOR OWI THE MONTH OF October 2018 One hundred seventy-four defendants were prosecuted for Operating While …

Friday, November 30, 2018
Felony Case Summary (November 2018)

On November 13, 2018, Michelle Houghton plead guilty and was sentenced for the crimes of Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Deliver, a Class B …

Guardianships & Conservatorships

Individuals have the right to make decisions about their lives; including, where...


Mental Health

There are people in our community who suffer from a mental illness or subst...


Contact Us

Polk County Attorney's Office
Polk County Justice Center
222 Fifth Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 286-3737
Fax: (515) 286-3428