Criminal Justice Overview

The Criminal Justice Process

Most citizens will hopefully never have involvement in the criminal justice process as a victim, witness or defendant. Nevertheless, information is provided here to give citizens interested in or needing general knowledge about how our system works and what to expect in the prosecution process.

The criminal justice process for felony offenses begins with the crime, and the subsequent investigation or arrest of someone for that crime. When a crime is committed, law enforcement gets the first call. Once a person has been arrested for a crime, the District Attorney (D.A.) is the prosecuting officer of a criminal case and has the responsibility and authority to investigate and prosecute cases brought to the office by law enforcement.  Our office evaluates whether there is enough evidence to support the charges originally brought by law enforcement.

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