Philadelphia County PA District Attorney Office

Find Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania district attorney offices, including DA, county, prosecuting, state, and commonwealth attorneys. District attorneys provide information on criminal court cases, public safety, legal cases, and law documents.

Philadelphia County District Attorney 3 South Penn Square Philadelphia PA 19107 215-686-8000

About Philadelphia County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Philadelphia County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Philadelphia County, the District Attorney, along with the Philadelphia 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 Pennsylvania law, the Office of the Philadelphia 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 PA Court.