Merced County CA District Attorney Office

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Merced County District Attorney 550 West Main Street Merced CA 95340 209-385-7381

About Merced County District Attorney

The Merced County District Attorney is an attorney who prosecutes criminal cases for the government in Merced County, CA. The District Attorney is part of the Department of Justice and heads the Merced County Prosecutor's Office, staffed with multiple attorneys who act on behalf of the District Attorney. District Attorneys in Merced County 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 Merced County DA's Office.

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Merced County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Merced County, the District Attorney, along with the Merced 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 California law, the Office of the Merced County 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 CA Court.