Santa Cruz County CA District Attorney Office

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Santa Cruz County District Attorney 701 Ocean Street Santa Cruz CA 95060 831-454-2400

About Santa Cruz County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Santa Cruz County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

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