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.

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News & Press

Monday, November 6, 2017
Felony Case Summary (October 2017)

On October 3, 2017, James Raymond Baenisch appeared in Polk County District Court in criminal numbers FECR300845 and FECR308516.  Baenisch's probation was revok…

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Devin Carter Sentencing

On October 30, 2017 Devin Marques Carter was sentenced to prison for life without any possibility of parole. He was convicted by jury on September 19, 2017 of M…

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