Chaves County NM District Attorney Office

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Chaves County District Attorney 400 North Virginia Avenue Roswell NM 88201 575-622-4121

About Chaves County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Chaves County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Chaves County, the District Attorney, along with the Chaves 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 New Mexico law, the Office of the Chaves 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 NM Court.