The Criminal Division of the County Attorney’s Office is responsible for
prosecuting adults and certified juveniles charged with felony crimes and
designated misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes occurring within the
boundaries of Anoka County.
Non-designated misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenses occurring within
the cities of Anoka County are prosecuted by the City Attorney for each
The Criminal Division has 14 Assistant County Attorneys, also known as
prosecutors, who have the primary responsibility for determining whether a
person will be charged with a crime.
The decision to prosecute an individual is based upon a review of an
investigation conducted by either the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office or a local
city law enforcement agency. Once a decision to prosecute has been made, an
Assistant County Attorney drafts a complaint to initiate the court proceedings.
It then becomes the responsibility of the prosecutor to represent the State of
Minnesota at various court hearings and jury trial, if necessary.
Bryan R. Lindberg is the Criminal Division Chief in charge of the
Property/Drug Crimes. Paul L. Young is the Criminal Division Chief in charge of
the Violent Crimes.