Office of the State's Attorney
ABOUT THE STATE'S ATTORNEY
Jason Pohren was born and raised in Keoekuk, Iowa. After graduating from Keokuk Senior High, he was selected to enter the pipefitter apprenticeship program. He successfully completed the four-tear program and attained journeyman status as a pipefitter and welder. Jason then entered Western Illinois University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. After graduating from WIU, he accepted employment with the Hamilton Police Department. Jason was named "Top Cop" by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) in 2002, 2003, and 2004. In addition, he was awarded the "Life Saving Medal" and the "Investigation Commendation Medal."
Jason went on to attend Southern Illinois University School of Law. He was awarded the academic excellence award and the Illinois Legislative Scholarship by the late Representative Richard P. Myers. During his law school career, he served as a judicial intern for Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier. Jason also served as a law clerk for the SIU Ombudsman's Office where he authored criminal appeals for college students. Jason graduated Southern Illinois School of Law with highest honors, Magna Cum Laude.
After graduating from law school, Attorney Pohren obtained employment with the Milwaukee, Wisconsin based regional personal injury law firm of Hausmann-McNally, S.C. He was employed with the firm for six years and practiced law in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. As an attorney with Hausmann-McNally, he successfully tried over one hundred cases before jury trial, arbitration, and mediation. Jason managed the firm's Rockford, Illinois office and was responsible for representing the firm in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation in the State of Illinois. In addition, he served as an Arbitrator and Arbitration Chairperson for the 17th Judicial District. He also attended Northwestern University where he received training in Divorce and Civil Mediation. While employed with Hausmann-McNally, S.C., Jason maintained his law enforcement certifications and served as a patrolman and field training officer on a part-time basis for the Hamilton Police Department and the Nauvoo Police Department.
Jason is a member of Golden Point Christian Church, the Hancock County Republican Central Committee, Hancock County Teen Court Board, the Illinois Bar Association and the Hancock County Bar Association. Jason resides in Hamilton with his son, Juris. He enjoys helping with his son's athletic and academic endeavors, fishing, hunting, and community activities.
WHAT DOES THE HANCOCK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE DO?
The Hancock County State's Attorney's Office serves the citizens of Hancock County, Illinois, which number approximately 20,000. The City of Carthage, with its beautiful courthouse in the middle of the square, is the county seat. The state's attorney's office is comprised of the state's attorney, an assistant state's attorney, a victim-witness coordinator, and an office manager. The office prosecutes approximately 150 felony, 250 misdemeanor, and 2,500 traffic cases each year. The office has a wide range of duties and responsibilities which include: prosecuting felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases; prosecuting juvenile cases; overseeing the bad check restitution program; providing victim-witness services; providing legal guidance to the county board, and elected and appointed county officials.
WHAT DOES THE HANCOCK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE NOT DO?
Oftentimes, citizens contact the Hancock County State's Attorney's Office seeking assistance on matters beyond the office's scope. In those cases, we try to refer the citizen to the appropriate person or agency. However, it is important for citizens to understand the imitations imposed on the office by law. For example, the office cannot: provide legal representation to persons seeking a divorce or dissolution of marriage; provide legal representation to persons seeking child custody or enforcement of a custody order; offer legal advice to persons involved in civil disputes such as landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, debt collection, adoption, vehicle crashes, and breach of contract. If you are involved in a potential civil dispute, you may wish to consult your personal attorney, the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (618) 394-7300 or (618) 462-0029, or the Illinois Lawyer Finder Phone Service at (217) 525-5297 or toll free (800) 922-8757.