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Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council

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Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council
302 W. Washington St., Rm. E-205
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Telephone: 317-232-1836
Fax: 317-233-3599

David N. Powell
Executive Director

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IPAC > Find Your Prosecutor > Franklin County Prosecutor - Melvin F. Wilhelm Franklin County Prosecutor - Melvin F. Wilhelm

Melvin F. Wilhelm assumed office on January 1, 1979. He is a graduate of Marian College and received his J.D. degree from Northern Kentucky University.

The office of the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney is charged with the responsibility of representing the State of Indiana in all felony and misdemeanor criminal prosecutions, resulting from crimes committed within Franklin County, Indiana. In addition, the office prosecutes traffic and other infraction violations of state law, as well as juvenile violators. The Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney convenes and supervises all Grand Jury proceedings.

The Prosecuting Attorney is the chief law enforcement officer of Franklin County, utilizing local law enforcement agencies including the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Brookville Police Department, Batesville Police Department, Indiana State Police, Indiana Conservation Officers, Indiana State Excise Police, as well as Town Marshals and Deputies in Laurel and Oldenburg.

The Office of the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney through its Title IVD Child Support Office is charged with the responsibility of enforcing child support orders entered in divorce and paternity cases. In appropriate cases, blood tests are performed and paternity actions are filed.

The Office of the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney through its Victim Assistance Program serves as an advocate for victims, keeping them informed on the progress of their case through the criminal justice system, and acting as a liaison with other social service agencies.