Georgia counties are divided into 49 judicial circuits, each of which has a District Attorney and at least one superior court judge. Taliaferro County is part of the Toombs Judicial Circuit  which also includes Glascock, Lincoln, McDuffie, Warren and Wilkes Counties. Our district attorney is Dennis Sanders and his office is in Thomson.

Toomb's Circuit District Attorney Dennis SandersThe Taliaferro County Sheriff's Office works closely with the District Attorney who represents the State of Georgia in the prosecution of felony crimes. This representation involves assisting victims of crimes in a variety of ways (See the Toombs Circuit DA website for details), attending Grand Juries and serving as their legal advisor, conducting jury trials for those criminal cases that do not plead guilty, and representing the State in drug forfeiture cases by seeking to condemn profits made by drug dealers.

The District Attorney's Office gives special attention to cases involving violent and serious crimes, such as homicides, robbery, sex crimes, crimes against children, violence against persons, and drug offenses, as well as repeat offenders. Persons who commit these crimes represent the greatest threat to public safety and must receive the principal focus of our efforts.

On an ongoing basis, the DA's office must also provide effective prosecution of other felonies and misdemeanors in order to preserve public respect for and confidence in the criminal justice system. For example, domestic violence and DUIs require considerable attention by the District Attorney's Office.

The District Attorney also represents the State when criminal convictions are appealed from the Superior and Juvenile Courts to either the Georgia Court of Appeals or the Georgia Supreme Court.

The District Attorney also prosecutes both civilly and criminally parents of children that fail to pay child support. This unit has collected millions of dollars in support for children in Taliaferro County and the rest of the circuilt from their absent parents.

Throughout all of these duties, the District Attorney's basic function is to serve Justice in all cases.

Dennis Sanders started his career as an Assistant District Attorney in April 1973. He was elected and took office as the District Attorney in 1984 and has been reelected in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.  During his 38 years in the District Attorney’s Office, Dennis has tried hundreds of cases ranging from misdemeanor trials to death penalty murder cases.

Dennis has earned a reputation as not only one of the top prosecuting trial lawyers in Georgia, but also has been recognized nationally as a lecturer.  He has served as a member of the faculty and lecturer for the National College of District Attorney’s and the State Bar of Georgia and the Prosecuting Attorney's Council.

His lectures have included topics on Voire Dire, Opening Statements, Cross-Examination, Prosecution of Murder Cases, Ethics, Professionalism, and the Courtroom Presentation of Demonstrative Evidence.

Dennis has served as President of the District Attorney’s Association, Chairman of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council, and Council of Prosecution for Masons of Georgia, and Board of Governors for Georgia, President of the Toombs Circuit Bar, and currently serves as Chairman of the Ethics Investigative Panel for the State Bar of Georgia, and the Gridiron Secret Society.

Dennis was appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia as Mentor for future beginning lawyers in Georgia.  He is the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Justice Robert Benham award for outstanding community service.

In 2006, he was selected as Georgia's District Attorney of the Year and has been named to the Super Lawyers Publication, which recognizes the top five percent of the attorneys in Georgia.
Dennis is a graduate of Mercer University and Mercer Law School and is currently on the Alumni Board of his alma mater.  He is a  past president of Mercer's Law School Alumni Association and the National Mercer University Alumni Association.

Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney Website