Prosecuting Attorney

Kristen Ellis

Located in Lafayette Hall
116 S. 10th St.
PO Box 70
Lexington, MO 64067

Telephone - 660-259-6181
Facsimile  - 660-259-2884


The Lafayette County Prosecutor’s Office is responsible for safeguarding justice for all citizens by enforcing Missouri criminal laws and child support laws. Crimes prosecuted in this office range from traffic offenses to homicide following investigation by area law enforcement agencies. 

 
Protecting victim rights as set forth in the Missouri Constitution is a high priority of this office. Victims are provided many services which are listed below in more detail. Attorney General Chris Koster has additional information on victim’s rights on the Attorney General website.  Our office keeps victims updated on the progress of each case and victims may also track court activity in a case through Casenet.  Victims may also track the status of inmates serving a sentence in the Department of Corrections by accessing www.Vinelink.com

Denim Day: Rape Awareness Resources

Bad Checks

Lafayette County Bad Check Restitution Program

Bad checks result in higher costs to consumers that are passed on by merchants in order to offset losses.  Bad checks can also affect taxes due to the additional expense of law enforcement and prosecution.  As your Prosecutor, I want to help avoid these and other problems caused by bad checks.  The program seeks full restitution for victims without adding to the financial burden of the criminal justice system, when possible.  Bad check offenders will receive a ten-day courtesy letter from our office; if payment is not received, the case will be considered for the filing of a criminal charge.
 

If you receive a bad check, follow these simple steps:


Step One - Complete a bad check report form.

                     Click on the link below for the proper form.
                   
                      Bad Check Report Form           Affidavit

                                                               
Step Two - Attach the check to the forms after making of copy for your records.
 
Step Three - If you received a notice from the bank that returned the check to you, attach it also.
 

Step Four - Deliver the original check and forms to our office at:

                    P.O. Box 70, Lexington, MO 64067 or 
                    by hand-delivery between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (closed noon - 1:00 p.m.)(Excluding Holidays)

In order for a check to be eligible for the bad check program, it must meet the following requirements:

 It was passed in Lafayette County for the purchase of legitimate goods or services, AND

It was presumed by you at the time of acceptance that the check was valid, AND
  • A photo I.D.  (such as a driver's license) was documented at the time the check was passed. This is important for two reasons:  First, it provides information we need to identify and locate the check writer.  Second, it confirms that the check is not forged or stolen.

We cannot accept checks for the bad check program if one of the following is true:

  • The check is stolen or forged.  Instead, report this to law enforcement for a possible felony investigation.
  • The check is post-dated.   It is not recommended that you accept post-dated checks.
  • The check is a two-party check such as a payroll or travelers check.
  • You knew there were insufficient funds at the time you accepted the check.
  • You do not have proof that the check was rejected by a bank.
  • You cannot identify the check writer. 
Please Note:   If the bad check cannot be submitted to our office for one of the above reasons, you may be able to seek recovery in small claims court or with the help of a civil law attorney.

 Child Support

To initiate a child support enforcement or paternity case, call or visit the
Warrensburg branch of the Family Support Division. Once a case is referred to the Lafayette County Prosecutor's Office by the FSD, we will contact you to discuss your case.

Additional child support information and related forms are available at the website
of the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk 


 

 

History

 Chronology of Lafayette County Prosecutors:
 
  Kristen Ellis
Kellie Wingate Campbell
Wm. Page Bellamy
Tim A. Larimore
Weldon W. (Chip) Perry, Jr.
ElGene VerDught
J.G. Lauderdale
Forrest G. Roberts
Ike Skelton, Jr.
D.W. Sherman, Jr.
H. Townsend Hader
William Aull, III
Phil H. Cook
L.I. Morris
Arch M. Skelton
Wm. W. Schwartz
Ike Skelton
Frank Fulkerson
C.A. Keith
Clarence Vivion
William Aull, Jr.
C.A. Keith
Nicholas M. Houx
2013-Present
2009-2013
1994-2009
1990-1994
1980-1990
1978-1980
1962-1978
1960-1962
1956-1960
1950-1956
1948-1950
1946-1948
1940-1946
1936-1940
1932-1936
1930-1932
1926-1930
1924-1926
1918-1920
1916-1918
1914-1916
1908-1914
1906-1908
 (Information provided by Lafayette County Clerk)
 
In 1996, Lafayette County become only the second county in the State of Missouri to implement a drug court.  The purpose of the drug court is to increase the likelihood that offenders will successfully complete treatment and reduce the incidence of repeated offenses.  Then in 2008, Lafayette County became the first rural county of its size to launch a domestic violence court with a nationally recognized program designed to provide supervision and intensive treatment for domestic violence offenders.

 

Picture of Lafayette Hall
Location of the Lafayette County
Prosecutors Office
Picture of the County Goverment Complex

 

Victim Services

  • Notification of court dates
  • Notification of case continuance
  • Input on sentencing
  • Secure waiting room
  • Explanation of victim impact presentation options
  • Notification of final case disposition
  • Directions and free parking
  • Transportation arrangements when needed
  • Babysitting services if needed for court appearances
  • Personal escort from waiting room to the court room
  • Support and advocacy during criminal justice proceedings
  • Return of recovered personal property at conclusion of case
  • Collection of restitution, when court ordered
  • Referrals to appropriate social service agencies
  • Letter to employer to verify court appearance
  • Forms for Crime Victims' Compensation for medical and counseling expenses
  • Specialized Domestic Violence Unit.
  

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