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Prosecuting Attorney

The Prosecuting Attorney of Jefferson County prosecutes all violations of state law, both felonies and misdemeanors, in Circuit and Magistrate Courts. It is the responsibility of the Prosecuting Attorney to serve as legal counsel to various county offices and agencies and to represent those officials in court. The duties also extend as far as representing petitioners on cases of child abuse, neglect, and mental hygiene proceedings.

The Prosecuting Attorney's office is, additionally, accountable for the Jefferson County Victim's Assistance Program. This program was created to assist victims of crime, in effort to ensure they are afforded fair and compassionate treatment throughout the judicial system process and protected from further victimization. 

Prosecuting Attorney: Ralph Lorenzetti
Information: 304-728-3243
Fax: 304-728-3293
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 729, Charles Town, WV 25414
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Jefferson County Sheriff

The Law Enforcement Department of the county consists of the Sheriff, Chief Deputy, 20 Sheriff's Deputies, both full and part-time bailiffs, process server, Special Deputies, Trip Guards, and clerical staff. The Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff Civil Service Commission periodically offers testing for the position of deputy sheriff. Furthermore, each deputy sheriff must graduate from the West Virginia State Police Academy.

Sheriff: Pete Dougherty
Information: 304-728-3205
Fax: 304-728-3299
Location: 102 Industrial Blvd, Suite 100, Kearneysville, WV 25430
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Visit the Sheriff's Department Website

Circuit Court

The Clerk of the Circuit Court is a full-time elective office as authorized by Article 8, Section 9 of the West Virginia Constitution. Duties, responsibilities, and compensation are set by statute. The Circuit Clerk is elected in each county to carry out administrative functions and to act as record-keeper for circuit court and family court actions in that county. While the Circuit Clerk is an independently elected official with autonomy to establish any procedures or policy necessary to carry out statutory responsibilities, cooperation, and communication with all entities and agencies that comprise the justice system is essential. The Circuit Clerk is the registrar, recorder, and custodian of all pleadings, documents, and funds pertaining to cases filed in the circuit and family courts. Duties include recording and maintaining records in all Circuit Court and Family Court proceedings.

Circuit Clerk: Laura Storm
Information: 304-728-3231
Fax: 304-728-3398
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1234, Charles Town, WV 25414
Location: 119 North George Street, Charles Town, WV 25414
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Jury Duty

The Jury Phone Line is 304-725-3544


Victim Assistance Program for Jefferson County

The Jefferson County Victim Assistance Program was created as part of the Prosecutor's Office in 1998 to help ensure that victims of crime receive fair and compassionate treatment throughout the judicial process.

Information: 304-725-6550
Fax: 304-728-3293
Email: paoffice@jeffersoncountywv.org

Call the Victim Advocate if you:

  • Have questions about the status of your case.
  • Want information about the criminal justice system and what to expect in court.
  • Need referrals to community resources for medical, legal assistance, counseling, support, or other services.
  • Have questions about the return of property held as evidence.
  • Need someone to contact your employer or school on your behalf to allow your appearance in court.
  • Want information about the Crime Victims Compensation Fund.
  • Have questions about restitution.
  • Have concerns for your personal safety.
  • Have changed your address or phone number.