Socorro County NM District Attorney Office

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Socorro County District Attorney PO Box 1099 Socorro NM 87801 575-835-0052

About Socorro County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Socorro County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

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