Washoe County District Attorney's Office
Washoe County District Attorney's Office

Washoe County District Attorney's Office



Criminal Division

775-328-3200


John Helzer, Assistant District Attorney John Helzer Assistant District Attorney
The Criminal Division of the Washoe County District Attorney's Office is supervised by Assistant District Attorney John Helzer. This Division receives misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony investigations from city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Cases received are reviewed for possible prosecution which occur before justice courts, district courts and the grand jury.

The Criminal Division is divided into several teams. There are two prosecution teams that handle felony and gross misdemeanor cases. These teams are supervised by Chief Deputy District Attorneys Bruce Hahn and Chris Hicks. In addition to prosecuting a variety of crimes, these teams have specialists in the areas of murder, arson, drugs, driving under the influence, gangs and white collar crimes.

The Major Violators portion of the Criminal Division is supervised by Chief Deputy District Attorney Luke Prengaman. This team was organized to quickly become involved in high profile and/or complicated cases. The members of this team are among the most experienced prosecutors in the office and provide a quick response to those crimes which often severely impact our community.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Kristin Erickson is in charge of the Misdemeanor team. In addition to handling the misdemeanor cases submitted, this team prosecutes felony DUI cases and chronic offenders targeted by law enforcement.

The Juvenile Division is supervised by Chief Deputy District Attorney Jo Lee Wickes. This part of the District Attorney's Office handles all matters involving minors who have committed delinquent acts or are in need of supervision. Members of this team receives specialized training which assists them in evaluating these cases which can result in both incarceration or supervised probation.

The Fraud Check Diversion Program is supervised by Rachael Muro. A restitution in lieu of prosecution program designed to secure full payment to creditors victimized by bad check writers is the goal of this program. Additionally, defendants charged with these crimes are mandated to pay an administrative assessment which creates a fund from which the District Attorney`s Office is able to provide assistance to victims of crime.

The Victim Witness Assistance Center (VWAC) is supervised by Michelle Bays. This part of the District Attorney's Office provides logistical and moral support to crime victims. Additionally, the Center makes referrals to community resources and assists victims in obtaining counseling and other assistance in times of need.