Welcome To The District Attorney's Office

Thank you for visiting the Office of the District Attorney for Deschutes County website. Your District Attorney and his dedicated attorneys and staff are committed to keeping our community a safe place to live. The office serves the citizens of Deschutes County, working to reduce crime, protect innocent victims, and enhance the lives of district residents.

The District Attorney’s Office continues in its mission to efficiently and effectively seek justice, for the safety and well-being of our community.

Jan
12
Press Release
The position of Chief Deputy District Attorney has been vacant since July 2011. District Attorney, Patrick Flaherty is pleased to announce “that I have appointed Deschutes County deputy district attorney Mary Anderson. Ms. Anderson is well-known and highly respected in the Deschutes County criminal justice community as a talented trial lawyer, instructor and mentor. She has earned the unqualified respect of her colleagues and circuit court judges.
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Dec
15
Press Release
This holiday season and throughout the year, the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office and local law enforcement encourages you to NOT drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescription medicine. Remember, being impaired or “buzzed” in any way is considered “being under the influence”. Anyone arrested for Driving Under the Influence/Impairment ( DUII) will be prosecuted. Prosecution incurs significant costs and other consequences such as; the loss of a driver’s license, requirement to attend on-going court hearings, mandatory substance or alcohol treatment, attending the DUII victims’ impact panel and the serious impact an arrest has on family members. DUII offenders also have to deal with the stigma of being arrested for a crime.
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Dec
08
Press Release
Joshua Cartrette Convicted On Assault Charges On December 7, 2011 a jury found Joshua Ames Cartrette guilty of Assault in the Second Degree. At trial, the defendant claimed that he was acting in self-defense when he assaulted the victim. Deputy District Attorney Jon Char argued that even if defendant had been acting in self-defense, the amount of force he used was unreasonable, as evidenced by the serious injuries he inflicted upon the victim.
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