Attorney’s Office

Frequently Asked Questions (Defendant Questions)

  • I cannot afford an attorney. How do I get the Court to appoint one?

    Contact the Clerk of Court's office at (515) 286-3765. If you are arrested, you may be able to obtain a court-appointed attorney at your initial appearance if certain criteria are met.

  • Who do I see about getting my driver's license back or getting a work permit?

    Contact your local DOT (Department of Transportation) office.

  • How do I know if there is a warrant out for my arrest?

    If you missed your court date for a criminal charge, a warrant may have been issued for your arrest. Normally, notice of this type of warrant gets mailed to your last known address. You can call the Polk County Clerk of Court to check about this type of warrant at (515) 286-3765.

    If you think there is a warrant for your arrest because of a new criminal charge, you should contact your local police department to turn yourself in, if such a warrant does exist. Warrants for new charges are, by law, confidential and not disclosed by the Clerk of Court because some people wanted for a crime would flee the jurisdiction.

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
Email: ctyatty@polkcountyiowa.gov