District Attorney Offices in Belen, New Mexico

Find Belen, New Mexico district attorney offices, including DA, county, prosecuting, state, and commonwealth attorneys. District attorneys provide information on criminal court cases, public safety, legal cases, and law documents.

District Attorney 101 South Main Street Belen, NM

About Valencia County District Attorney

The Belen District Attorney is an attorney who prosecutes criminal cases for the government in Belen, NM. The District Attorney is part of the Department of Justice and heads the Belen Prosecutor's Office, staffed with multiple attorneys who act on behalf of the District Attorney. District Attorneys in Belen take a lead role in multiple phases of a criminal case and exercise a great deal of discretion in how a case is handled. District Attorneys may delegate certain cases, or aspects of cases, to other attorneys in the Belen DA's Office.

You may contact the District Attorney for questions about:
  • Belen public criminal records
  • Valencia County Court records
  • Criminal investigations and prosecutions
  • Jury selection process in Belen, NM
  • Grand jury proceedings
Belen Criminal Records

The DA's Office maintains public records that may be available upon request. These records include Belen criminal records such as arrest records, police reports, and Belen Court records and filings.

Criminal Prosecutions

The Valencia County District Attorney decides whether or not to prosecute an offender in Belen, New Mexico. The evidence provided by the Valencia County Police Department, Valencia County Sheriff's Department, or other Local Law Enforcement agency, may or may not be sufficient to move a case forward, and the Belen DA's Office must evaluate the strength and admissibility of the available evidence before prosecuting the offender.

Belen Grand Jury

The District Attorney is responsible for presenting evidence to the Valencia County Grand Jury, which then decides whether or not there is probable cause for criminal charges. The Belen DA also determines whether to offer or accept a plea bargain.

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Valencia County, the District Attorney, along with the Valencia County Public Defender's Office, will select a jury. After jury selection, the District Attorney makes opening statements, presents the government's case for conviction, and makes objections to the Defense Attorney's case. If the jury convicts the individual accused of breaking New Mexico law, the Office of the Belen DA makes recommendations for sentencing. If the jury finds the defendant not guilty, the District Attorney determines whether or not to appeal the case to a higher-level NM Court.