Dent County MO District Attorney Office

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Dent County Prosecuting Attorney 112 East 5th Street Salem MO 65560 573-729-3406

About Dent County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Dent County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Dent County, the District Attorney, along with the Dent 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 Missouri law, the Office of the Dent 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 MO Court.