Sarasota FL District Attorney Office

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Sarasota County State Attorney 2071 Ringling Boulevard Sarasota FL 34237 941-861-4400

About District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Sarasota Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in, the District Attorney, along with the 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 Florida law, the Office of the Sarasota 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 FL Court.