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The Cottonwood County District Attorney is an attorney who prosecutes criminal cases for the government in Cottonwood County, MN. The District Attorney is part of the Department of Justice and heads the Cottonwood County Prosecutor's Office, staffed with multiple attorneys who act on behalf of the District Attorney. District Attorneys in Cottonwood 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 Cottonwood County DA's Office.You may contact the District Attorney for questions about:
The DA's Office maintains public records that may be available upon request. These records include Cottonwood County criminal records such as arrest records, police reports, and Cottonwood County Court records and filings.Criminal Prosecutions
The Cottonwood County District Attorney decides whether or not to prosecute an offender in Cottonwood County, Minnesota. The evidence provided by the Cottonwood County Police Department, Cottonwood County Sheriff's Department, or other Local Law Enforcement agency, may or may not be sufficient to move a case forward, and the Cottonwood County DA's Office must evaluate the strength and admissibility of the available evidence before prosecuting the offender.Cottonwood County Grand Jury
The District Attorney is responsible for presenting evidence to the Cottonwood County Grand Jury, which then decides whether or not there is probable cause for criminal charges. The Cottonwood County DA also determines whether to offer or accept a plea bargain.Jury Selections & Sentencing
For cases that go to trial in Cottonwood County, the District Attorney, along with the Cottonwood 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 Minnesota law, the Office of the Cottonwood 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 MN Court.