Pennington County SD District Attorney Office

Find Pennington County, South Dakota 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.

Pennington County District Attorney 300 Kansas City Street Rapid SD 57701 605-394-2191

About Pennington County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Pennington County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Pennington County, the District Attorney, along with the Pennington 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 South Dakota law, the Office of the Pennington 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 SD Court.