District Attorney Offices in Yankton County, South Dakota

Find Yankton 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.

Yankton County District Attorney 410 Walnut Street Yankton, SD

About Yankton County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Yankton County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

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