Santa Fe County NM District Attorney Office

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Santa Fe District Attorney 327 Sandoval Street Santa Fe NM 87501 505-827-5000

About Santa Fe County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Santa Fe County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Santa Fe County, the District Attorney, along with the Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe 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.