ATLANTA—April 9, 2015 Matthew “Matt” Krull, Douglas County’s Solicitor-General, was honored as “Prosecutor of the Year” by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at MADD Georgia’s 11th annual Golden Shield Honor Awards and Law Enforcement Banquet held on Thursday at the Georgia World Congress Center. Each year, MADD honors one courageous prosecuting attorney who has shown excellence in DUI prosecution and in assisting law enforcement in and out of the courtroom.
Krull, who has served Douglas County as a prosecutor since 2009, has been Solicitor-General since 2012.
“I can think of no one more deserving of this award than Matthew Krull,” said Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia’s (PAC) Todd Hayes, who serves as one of Georgia’s two Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors and who nominated Krull for the award. “He is passionately committed to protecting the people he serves from the horror and tragedy that often results from a completely preventable crime.”
Since taking office in 2012, Krull has served as an integral part of PAC’s prosecutorial and law enforcement training programs, which train hundreds of personnel throughout Georgia each year. In addition, he has supported and extended the reach of the DUI search warrant program that he helped to start while serving as his Douglas County’s Chief Assistant Solicitor-General.
“What a tremendous honor,” said Krull. “To be recognized in a profession full of heroes is truly humbling. I could not do this job without the hard work of my assistant prosecutors and staff. This award is a wonderful acknowledgement to the dedication required to keep the citizens safe on our roadways. I am fortunate to serve the people of Douglas County each and every day doing a job that I love.”
“No area of prosecution is more challenging—professionally and personally—than DUI prosecution,” said Hayes. “DUI prosecutors have to know an awful lot about an awful lot, and they have to be willing to stand up for what the law says rather than what they are told it ought to say.”
Krull is well known in the prosecution community as a vocal advocate for aggressive DUI prosecution and has taken a leadership role in the legislative activities of the Georgia Association of Solicitors-General.
DUI prosecutors in Georgia routinely close hundreds of cases each year and must be well versed in police practice and procedure, Standardized Field Sobriety Evaluations, Constitutional law, infrared spectroscopy, human physiology, HGN, implied consent and dozens of other subjects.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Krull has lived in Georgia since 1997. He graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and earned his Law Degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.
“In everything he says, does and undertakes, it is clear that Krull never takes his focus off the people who live, work and drive through his community,” said Hayes. “And because of that, Douglas County is one of the safest places to drive from an impaired driving standpoint.”
Pictured Above: (L-R) GOHS Director Harris Blackwood, Matthew Krull, MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church, and Todd Hayes. Photo by Lou Crouch