Santa Barbara County District Attorney Office

Find Santa Barbara County California 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.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney 1112 Santa Barbara Street Santa Barbara CA 93101 805-568-2300

About Santa Barbara County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Santa Barbara County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Santa Barbara County, the District Attorney, along with the Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara 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.