Ventura County District Attorney Office

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Ventura County District Attorney 800 South Victoria Avenue Ventura CA 93009 805-654-2500

About Ventura County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Ventura County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

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