JULIE HARLAN, VICTIM/WITNESS ADVOCATE
Julie has been employed with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s office since August 2015. Prior to that, she was the Legal Programs Coordinator for Citizens Against Domestic Violence at the Lake of the Ozarks. Julie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2001 from Central Missouri State University. She has been a certified Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Victim Advocate since 2002.
Julie is responsible for advocating for victims and witnesses of domestic violence, assault, property crimes and certain traffic crimes. Julie assists victims with filling out and filing Ex Parte orders, supports victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system, refers victims to local community resources, helps victims file for Crime Victim Compensation and handles Restitution for all case
SHANNON STEPHENS, VICTIM/WITNESS ADVOCATE
Shannon has been with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since August 2014, assisting with the Sex Crimes team. Since January 2015, Shannon has been employed as the Victim Advocate responsible for advocating for all Homicide, Sex Crime, Felony Drug/Assault/Robbery & and Animal Abuse victims and witnesses for the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office.
Shannon has also been a volunteer advocate with The Victim’s Center since October 2013, and has attended many trainings and seminars related to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sex Crimes, Homicides, and Child Abuse. Additionally, Shannon is MULES certified, has earned certificates for completing 5 Day Child First training, the Missouri State University Crime Victim Advocate Program and a Medical-Legal Death Investigation course. She has also worked for several years in criminal defense and in civil law. Shannon attended Pima College in Tucson, AZ, where she majored in Paralegal Studies, with a focus on criminal law. She completed her internship in the Sex Crimes Unit of the Pima County Attorney’s Office.
SUZANNE FRAKES, LEGAL ASSISTANT
Suzanne has been with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney‘s office since 2000. She has handled a variety of duties during this time. Suzanne’s responsibilities include inputting referral information, filing of criminal charges following attorney’s review. She assists her team attorneys with the management of Associate and Circuit Court. She helps prepare cases for prosecution and trial, and administrative support to the attorneys. Suzanne is also MULES certified through the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
AMY DENT, LEGAL ASSISTANT
Amy has been with Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s office since August of 2015. She helps prepare cases for prosecution and trial by preparing various legal documents and obtaining needed information. She handles financial and property crimes, including the collection of bad checks, restitution and delinquent taxes. Previously, she spent 15 years working in property law and accounting for the oil and gas industry. Amy is MULES certified through the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
TARA SHUCK, LEGAL ASSISTANT
Tara has been with Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since August 2015. Tara graduated Southwest Baptist University with a B.A. in Theatre and Business Administration in 2004. Prior to working for Christian County Prosecuting Office, Tara worked for the Springfield Police Department in Records and Property / Evidence with a MULES and Property and Evidence Specialist certification.
Tara’s responsibilities include inputting referral information, preparing discovery, preparing a variety of legal documents needed for court and to file charges, and to provide any needed administrative support the attorneys to seek and serve justice. Tara assists with all sex crimes, child abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, homicides, domestic violence, elder abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly, educational neglect.
ANDREW HART, LEGAL ASSISTANT
Andrew has been with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since December 2015. After graduating in 2012 from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Andrew served as the Municipal Court Clerk for the Town of Sardis, Mississippi. In the Prosecuting Attorney’s office, Andrew’s duties include inputting and organizing referrals from Christian County Law Enforcement Agencies, preparing discovery, and obtaining any necessary information for cases on the Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys’ dockets. Andrew assists APA Rachel Hopper with all traffic offenses including traffic tickets, DWLRs and DWIs.
DALE TAVARES, LEGAL ASSISTANT
Dale has been with Christian County Since March 2016. Dale handles all front desk duties, answering the phone and as well as in-person contact with members of the public who are victims or witnesses of crime, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and offenders paying restitution. She receives all case referrals, reviews and mirrors dockets, and scans documents. Dale assists APA Dustin Birch with cases involving misdemeanor drug cases ,misdemeanor assault, property crimes, trespass and property damage.
Before joining Christian County, Dale spent many years working in customer service – most recently she spent nine years as a store manager for Walmart.
AMY ZACEK SMITH, INVESTIGATOR
Amy Zacek Smith has been with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since January 2016. Since graduating from the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in December 1999, she has worked as patrol and detective for a variety of law enforcement agencies including in Sheriff’s Offices and Police Departments in Arizona, Colorado and Missouri. In the line of duty, Amy has received numerous awards such as, Officer of the Year (twice), Officer of the Month (twice) by the Victim’s Advocates in Grand County, Colorado. She was even awarded a Life Saving Award and Hometown Hero Award for delivering a baby in a McDonald’s bathroom in Winter Park, Colorado.
Amy’s duties include conducting interviews with victims and witnesses, personally serving subpoenas and acting as a liaison between prosecutors and law enforcement officers and agencies.