Des Moines County District Attorney Office

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Des Moines County District Attorney 201 Jefferson Street Burlington IA 52601 319-753-8209

About Des Moines County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Des Moines County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Des Moines County, the District Attorney, along with the Des Moines 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 Iowa law, the Office of the Des Moines 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 IA Court.