Fort Payne District Attorney Office

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Dekalb County District Attorney 300 Grand Avenue South Fort Payne AL 35967 256-845-8550

About DeKalb County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Fort Payne Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in DeKalb County, the District Attorney, along with the DeKalb 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 Alabama law, the Office of the Fort Payne 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 AL Court.