District Attorney Craig Ladd said Carson Brooks has joined his Carter County staff as an assistant district attorney.

District Attorney Craig Ladd said Carson Brooks has joined his Carter County staff as an assistant district attorney.

"Carson is an experienced attorney, who I am confident will be a great asset to our office. He will primarily be assigned to cases involving delinquent and deprived children. Given that the prosecution of cases involving deprived children is among the most important function that this office performs, the people of Carter County, and in particular the neglected and deprived children of Carter County, are fortunate to have an attorney of Carson's caliber dedicating his talents and attention to these matters," Ladd said.

Brooks, who began his duties Sept. 4, said he sought the post for a "two-fold" reason.

"First, I want to serve the public and second, I want to help children. Handling the juvenile docket is a great way of doing both," he said.

A Ringling native, Brooks is following his great-great-grandfather into the legal field and particularly the district attorney's office.

"My great-great-grandfather was James H. Mathers. He was the first county attorney (now called district attorney) for Carter County at statehood," he said.

Brooks graduated from Ringling High School in 1994. He obtained a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University in 1998 and in 2001 his juris doctorate (law degree) from Oklahoma City University. He entered into private practice in Oklahoma City in 2001, primarily practicing civil law.

But it was while in private practice that the husband and father of two, discovered his passion for helping children.

"I represented children pro bono (free) as a volunteer," he said, adding he found, "I truly have a desire to serve the public and children. Just to help kids and the process when it is obvious children and their families are in very difficult situations is something I want to do."

Are the situations he has encountered in the three weeks he has served in Carter County different from the cases he was involved in in Oklahoma City?

"I would say it's no better or worse, especially when it comes to delinquency. Unfortunately much of it is related to drug and mental health issues with the parents," he said.

What is something area residents should know about delinquent and deprived children in Carter County?

"People need to know that the true victims of drug abuse end up being children who aren't the ones taking the drugs," Brooks said.

How does he see his future with the Carter County District Attorney's Office.

"I want to make a difference and I'm looking forward to working with Craig Ladd and Heather Cooper (First Assistant DA). They are great mentors and I look forward to learning a lot from them. They are fantastic public servants."