O'Brien County District Attorney Office

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O'Brien County District Attorney PO Box 309 Sheldon IA 51201 712-324-4385

About O'Brien County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

O'Brien County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in O'Brien County, the District Attorney, along with the O'Brien 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 O'Brien 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.