Deschutes County OR District Attorney Office

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Deschutes County District Attorney 1164 Northwest Bond Street Bend OR 97701 541-388-6520

About Deschutes County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Deschutes County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Deschutes County, the District Attorney, along with the Deschutes 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 Oregon law, the Office of the Deschutes 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 OR Court.