January 18, 2019

State’s Attorney

State’s Attorney:  Jerry A. Miller    [email protected]

Chief / Deputy State’s Attorney:  Position is open until filled

Deputy State’s Attorney:  Aaron J. Bates  [email protected]

(Volunteer) Part-Time Deputy State’s Attorney: Jason Ravnsborg  [email protected]

Office Manager / Legal Assistant: Tina Knudson  [email protected]

Legal Assistant:   Alesha Voeltz    [email protected]

*Part-Legal Assistant: Melissa Hatton  [email protected]

     * Victim Services *Court Order Compliance & * Union County Welfare Director

209 East Main Street, Suite 140
Elk Point, SD, 57025

Phone: (605) 356-2666
Fax: (605) 761-0199

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 5:00pm
Calling ahead for appointments work best for the attorneys.

The Office is closed on all holidays and when the Court House is closed.

Last updated: July 16, 2018

Purpose   & Mission

Meet your State’s Attorney’s Office

Jerry Miller,  State’s Attorney

Erin Handke, Chief Deputy State’s Attorney

Aaron J. Bates (AJ), Deputy State’s Attorney  

Jason Ravnsborg, Part-Time Deputy State’s Attorney

Tina Knudson, Office Manager / Legal Assistant

Alesha Voeltz, Legal Assistant

Melissa Hatton,  Legal Assistant / Victim Services / Court Order Compliance / Union County Welfare Director (Part-Time Position)

South Dakota Codified Laws (On Line) 

Domestic Violence

Juvenile   Court / Process

South Dakota Supreme Court Opinions 

Press Releases

Union County Ordinances – Page 1

Union County OrdinancesPage 2


South Dakota States Attorneys Association

Victim’s Rights

Victim Information – Violent Crime

Victim Information – Property Crime

Marsy’s Rights (Card – effective July 1, 2018)

Job Openings

Open until filled: Deputy State’s Attorney

Law students who are seeking experience should contact State’s Attorney Jerry Miller to inquire about summer extern and/or an unpaid volunteer internship.


Misdemeanor Standard Sentences

   This office receives many calls inquiring as to what a person may expect when they enter a guilty plea to a misdemeanor offense in magistrate court.   While every case is different and there will always be some example of the court deviating higher or lower than what is indicated on the link provided, the attached list is what this office has identified as a standard sentence handed down by the Judge Bern on a consistent basis. There is no guarantee that the State (State’s Attorney’s Office) will request or recommend the standard, nor is there any guarantee that the Court will follow this in your individual case.

Frequently Asked Questions

– Red Light & Speed Camera tickets, and

– Speeding Tickets

Union County Active Warrant List

Consealed Pistol Permit Laws (Summary) 

The Chamber –   Check Policy


Resource Page

 – Sheriff’s Office;

 – Police Departments; and/or

 – County Coroner

– Emergency Mental Illness (Aug 22, 2016)

Marsy’s Rights (Card – effective July 1, 2018)