The day after a person is arrested or when the police refer a case to our office, investigators gather all police reports and witness statements concerning the crime, run computerized criminal histories and determine if the police agencies need to do further investigation. This information is provided to the charging Deputy District Attorneys who decide if the information provided constitutes a violation of the criminal laws. If the filing deputies believe that a felony crime has been committed by the suspect, the case is filed in court, and a Deputy District Attorney is assigned to prosecute the case.
Certain cases are primarily assigned to prosecutors who have areas of specialization. The current areas of specialization are:
- Sexual Offenses
- Sex Assault Division. A subset of the district court felony division, the sex assault division is devoted to the prosecution of sex crimes. The division is staffed by experienced Deputy District Attorneys, who have specialized knowledge and training in the prosecution of sex offenses and a Victim Advocate assigned solely to work with sex assault survivors. The Division’s goal is to appropriately hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes, while at the same time focusing on the needs of sex assault survivors and helping them through the criminal justice system.
- Offenses involving fraud or embezzlement (Economic Crime)
- Major drug trafficking cases.