CLARK COUNTY —
“My tolerance for individuals who don’t pay child support and that are able to is zero,” he said. “The economy is bad, and children have a very difficult time getting what they need without these necessary child support payments.”
Mull said as prosecuting attorney, he has had experience with people who have taken a calculated effort to avoid paying child support by skipping from job to job and taking periods of unemployment.
“I think you can send a very clear message to those individuals in court,” Mull said. “‘You are either going to be on the job, or you are going to be in prison. And you make the choice of what you would rather do.’”
He said that those who don’t pay child support think that can work the system by going to court, telling a judge that he or she can’t find a job and be given another chance.
“If you are dedicated, you can find a job.” Mull said. “The kids deserve to have the money to be able to live in a reasonable way as they grow up.”
Whether an offender has been convicted of theft, battery, drug-related charges or murder, Mull said giving those people proper and tougher sentences will benefit all residents of Clark County.
“I have found as a prosecutor that it is a fundamental truth that if people become convinced that they are going to face certain consequences for not doing the right thing, most of the time they will do the right thing,” Mull said.
He said the prosecutor is the chief law enforcement officer of the county and has a great amount of influence on crime in the community.
“I think a prosecutor who is experienced and who knows how to convict people and knows how to look at the crime problem and implement solutions can have a tremendous influence,” Mull said. “I am excited and eager to have the opportunity to be able to do that.”