Columbia County FL District Attorney Office

Find Columbia County, Florida 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.

Columbia County State Attorney 173 Northeast Hernando Avenue Lake FL 32055 386-758-0470

About Columbia County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Columbia County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Columbia County, the District Attorney, along with the Columbia 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 Florida law, the Office of the Columbia 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 FL Court.