Amy Ashelford
Amy Ashelford

Amy Ashelford is a graduate of the UMKC School of Law. After briefly working for a civil law firm Ashelford joined the Office of the Platte County Prosecuting Attorney as an Assistant Prosecutor, and has been there for ten years. Ashelford’s duties as a prosecutor include the prosecution of felony DWIs and manslaughter cases and she serves as the prosecutor for Platte County’s DWI Treatment Court.

Ashelford has been recognized by the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for her work to combat driving while intoxicated. She received the 2013 DWI Hero of the Year Award from the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, which recognizes a prosecuting attorney or allied professional “whose demonstrated commitment to the reduction of deaths and injuries caused by impaired drivers rises above and beyond ordinary standards.” She also received the 2013 National Traffic Safety Prosecutor of the Year Award for excellence in Traffic Safety Prosecution.

Among Ashelford’s accomplishments:

  • She pioneered an electronic search warrant process to shorten the time it takes to obtain a search warrant for a suspected drunk driver’s blood when that person refuses a breath test;
  • She helped form Platte County’s DWI Treatment Court;
  • She is a leader of a newly-formed DWI Task Force that will crack down on drunk driving in Kansas City’s Northland;
  • She successfully prosecuted numerous alcohol-related traffic homicides, including obtaining a 16-year sentence against a defendant who killed a woman while he was drunk and driving at over 150 miles per hour on Interstate 29.

Ashelford has served on various boards and committees as well:

  • She serves as the Chair of the MAPA DWI Best Practices Subcommittee;
  • She also serves on the Missouri Association of Treatment Court Professionals Board

“Removing drunk drivers from the roads used by my family, friends, neighbors, and community is something I am passionate about,” Ashelford said. “I am very blessed to work in a law enforcement community with many outstanding people who have worked together to pursue innovative ways to keep our roads safe.”

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