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Featuring Bristol County District Attorney: Crime Shows Have Nothing on the Real Thing

If you've watched any crime shows in the last several decades, you're bound to have heard the term District Attorney. But while these are common characters to appear on shows such as CSI, Criminal Minds, and Law & Order, do you actually know what they do?

The Bristol County District Attorney's Office was more than happy to give us the run-down. "The district attorney's office is responsible for prosecuting all criminal cases in Bristol County," says District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III. "The office also leads investigation into all unattended deaths in the county, whether they be homicides, accidental deaths, motor vehicles deaths or drug overdoses."

At the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, obtaining justice for victims of crime is the number one priority. For most, it is the reason they got into the business in the first place. "We work closely with victims and local and state police to ensure that a strong case is brought in court," explains Quinn.

"We also employ full time victim advocates, who are in constant contact with victims of crimes to keep them abreast of what is happening with the criminal case." According to Quinn, these advocates also work on behalf of the victim to get them or their loved ones any counseling services or victim-related funds they may need or be entitled to, making sure justice goes beyond what happens in the courtroom.

While the Attorney's Office focuses on all forms of crime?Quinn took a special interest in one particular area. "In 2015, I created an elder abuse investigation and prosecution unit to shine a light on these types of crimes," he details. "Elder abuse and elder financial exploitation prevention are cornerstones of my office." It is very clear from speaking to him that Quinn feels strongly about this particular line of criminal offense.

"Elder abuse cases strike at the heart of our society because these are victims who have worked their entire lives to enjoy their retirement years," he states. "Far too often, we are seeing criminal and even family members preying upon our elderly." Whether the crime be physical abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation, it seems to be a reoccurring issue in Quinn's office.

"In addition to the creation of the unit, I have personally embarked upon a county-wide speaking tour where I visit senior centers and councils on aging to provide seniors with tips and helpful information about scams and how they can prevent themselves from being victimized in the future," he tells us.

Other programs available through the Bristol County District Attorney's Office include Free Sports Clinics, Bullying Prevention, Suicide Prevention, Underage Drinking and Drug Abuse Prevention, and a Community Funding Program.

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