The General Crimes Unit prosecutes a variety of cases ranging from misdemeanor traffic offenses to felony property crimes and white collar offenses. Traffic offenses include speeding and licensing violations, driving while intoxicated, driving while license revoked, leaving the scene of an accident, and careless and imprudent driving. Property crimes include burglary, trespass, tampering, property damage, stealing, passing bad checks, stealing rental property, failure to pay taxes, misdemeanor drug cases, and county planning and zoning violations. White collar offenses include identity theft, embezzlement, and forgeries. The General Crimes Unit attorneys are:
Nhan D. Nguyen - First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Nhan joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in July of 2005. Nhan received his undergraduate degree in 1999 from the University of Kansas, with a major in Business Administration. In 2004, Nhan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law. Nhan began his prosecuting career in the General Crimes Unit where he prosecuted a variety of offenses. In 2007, Nhan became a member of the Major Crimes Unit and was assigned to handle the specialty courts. Both the DWI Court and Drug Court received national recognition while Nhan was the primary prosecutor handling those dockets. Nhan has tried a variety of jury trials including murder, assaults, robberies, and distribution of a controlled substance. Nhan returned to the General Crimes Unit in September of 2010 as a senior assistant. In 2012, Nhan was promoted to the First Assistant position where he supervises the general crimes attorneys in addition to handling his own case load. Nhan is also an instructor at the Springfield Police Academy as a POST certified instructor.
Philip Fuhrman - Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Philip joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in August of 2009. He received his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College, majoring in Political Science. Philip received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law in 2009. Philip first worked for the Greene County Prosecutor's Office as a Rule 13 intern during the summer of 2008. Upon graduation, he returned to our office first working as a prosecutor in the General Crimes Unit and then in the Person's Unit. In 2012, he was promoted to Senior Assistant in the General Crimes Unit where he focuses on prosecuting felony crimes and assisting in training our new prosecutors.
Matt Arens - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Matt joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in October of 2010. Matt received his undergraduate degree from Missouri State University in 2004 with a degree in Computer Information Systems. He then attended the University of Missouri School of Law where he was an Associate Managing Editor for the Missouri Environmental Law and Public Policy Review. In 2010, Matt received his Juris Doctorate.
Doug Hansen - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Doug joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in January of 2012. He is a Southwest Missouri native from Monett, Missouri. Doug received his undergraduate degree from Central Methodist University in 2006 with honors, majoring in English. Doug received his Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2011 where he was a member of the First Amendment Law Review Journal. Doug first worked for the Greene County Prosecutor's Office as a Rule 13 intern during the summer of 2010. Upon graduation, he returned to our office to work as a prosecutor in the General Crimes Unit.
Kevin Young - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Kevin joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in March of 2010. Kevin is a Southwest
Missouri native from Marshfield who served in the Marines before going to law school.
In 2006 Kevin received an undergraduate degree from Drury University in History. In 2009
Kevin received his Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach,
Virginia. While in law school, Kevin was a senior editor of the Regent Journal for Law and
Public Policy and served as the Legal Research and Writing Coordinator for the Regent
University Moot Court Board. Kevin was also selected to be a student member of the James
Kent Inn of Courts. Kevin is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Virginia.
Before joining the General Crimes Team in January of 2011, Kevin worked with the Child Support Team.
Christopher Hoeman, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Chris joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in January 2011, and is from Springfield, Missouri. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 2003, and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2010. Chris began his prosecuting career in the Child Support Unit and transferred into the General Crimes Unit in 2012.
Ryan Hershberger - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Ryan joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in April of 2012. Prior to joining our office, Ryan worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice. While at the United States Attorney's Office, he was assigned to the Narcotics Unit, and prosecuted drug cases. Ryan received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in English Literature and Political Science. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force and served a tour of duty in Space & Missile Operations. After his tour of duty, Ryan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2007.
Jody Larison - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Jody Larison joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in August of 2012. Jody is a 2004 graduate of the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism. Jody worked on a political campaign directly after graduation and then in 2005, she joined the office of Governor Matt Blunt in Jefferson City, Missouri. Jody initially worked as a policy analyst and in August of 2007 she was promoted to Director of Legislative Affairs. In 2011, she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law, where she was the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. From May 2011 to August 2012, Jody clerked for the Honorable W. Brent Powell in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri.