Lara R. Roetzel

Juris Doctorate

Pennington County State's Attorney

Lara Roetzel is the State’s Attorney for Pennington County, South Dakota. For twenty-seven years, Lara has been passionately advocating for victims, for justice and striving to prosecute the right people for the right reasons. She specializes in crimes of sexual violence and violence against women. Lara’s cases have been featured on television in episodes of “Snapped” and “See No Evil.” She is trainer for the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault and has presented in state and national forums on multiple topics. In 2017, Lara was named the Prosecutor of the Year by the South Dakota State’s Attorney Association. In 2023, she was presented the Children’s Home Society Child Advocacy Center’s Partners Protecting Kids Award.

She is a wife, mother of five, and a chronic volunteer.