The District Attorney’s Criminal Division comprises the majority of the Department’s staff. There are 25 deputy district attorneys assigned to the following caseload areas:
Adult and Child Sexual Assault
Driving Under the Influence
Each of the attorneys works closely with legal secretaries and investigators to handle an entire case from intake through sentencing.
Each case forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office is reviewed by trained prosecutors to determine if the evidence presented is sufficient to answer a single, specific question: Can we prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual acted unlawfully?
The deputy district attorney must ultimately determine whether or not a jury of 12 people would convict the person of the potential charges alleged, based on:
The suspect’s potential defenses must also be considered in that analysis.
Protection of Rights
This protects all of our rights against being unfairly accused of a crime and is our ethical obligation as prosecutors. The hallmark of the American criminal justice system is that the burden of proving a crime beyond a reasonable doubt always rests with the prosecutor. Therefore, it is incumbent upon The District Attorney to ensure that every case filed by the office meets those very important ethical and legal standards. The office applies the law and files criminal charges based solely on the facts and the law.