Emmet County Iowa Attorney's Office

Emmet County Attorney's Office

Emmet County Courthouse
609 1st Avenue North
Suite #1
Estherville, IA 51334
ph: 712-362-2229
fax: 712-362-2650

  • Emmet County Attorney:
    Melanie Summers Bauler, Attorney


  • Assistant County Attorney:
    Pamela Dettmann


  • Victim Witness Coordinator:
    Michelle A. Howing


  • Office Manager:
    Michelle A. Howing


  • Collections Assistant:
    Allison Larson


County Attorney In His Or Her Official Capacity, DOES:

  • Prosecute all violations of state criminal laws and county ordinances.
  • Provide legal advice to the Board of Supervisors and county and township officers concerning county matters.
  • Represent and defend the state, county and its officers in officially related cases.
  • Recover all monies (debts, fines, penalties, etc.) owing to the state or county.
  • Present all mental health commitment proceedings and all juvenile delinquency and child in need of assistance cases.

There are both full-time and part-time County Attorneys in Iowa. Roughly two-thirds of all County Attorneys are part-time and may handle private legal work in addition to their official duties.

County Attorney In His Or Her Official Capacity, DOES NOT:

  • Give legal advice to or represent private groups or persons.
  • File lawsuits or private persons or defend them against lawsuits including actions for dissolution of marriage.
  • Prepare wills, deeds or other legal documents.

VINE - Victim Information and Notification Everyday:

  • The IowaVINE is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information regarding their offender's custody status and register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when the offender's custody status changes.
  • This service is brought to you by your local Emmet County Sheriff's Department.
  • The VINE toll-free number for IowaVINE is 888-742-8463.