District Attorney Charles Branson
This page contains information on District Attorney Charles Branson of Douglas County, Kansas.
While leading a staff of 11 assistant district attorneys, 14 staff positions and a budget of 1.3 million, Charles created the first consumer protection program in Douglas County. His work on the behalf of consumers lead the local press to refer to him as a true "consumer advocate."
He revamped the agency's response to domestic violence, in part, by starting a domestic violence unit. This has allowed these particularly sensitive cases to receive the unique attention and care they necessitate due to nature of these crimes and especially to assist the survivors and to address any identified needs during the course of a case.
Charles created a program that allows crime victims and witnesses to participate in an educational program designed to make the legal process less threatening and frightening.
He has accomplished all of this while also facing a near-record new caseload and resolving, obtaining convictions and closing hundreds of old criminal cases that had built up over time.
A native of Hutchinson, he graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Charles started his legal career by opening a private law office in 1996 and focused on the areas of criminal and civil litigation.
In 2002, Branson began public service as the Eudora Municipal Prosecutor. He continued this service until his election as DA.
Branson is a past president of the Douglas County Bar Association, a counselor for the Judge Hugh Means American Inns of Courts, a board member of Van Go, an advisory board member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Douglas County and has helped with planning Jazz it Up a fundraiser for Douglas County Senior Services. He also has worked for several years with the Juneteenth Planning Committee.
Charles and his wife Kathy, a teacher at Lawrence West Junior High and their children Chance and Grace are proud to call Lawrence and Douglas County their home.