Wilmington DE District Attorney Office

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New Castle County District Attorney 500 North King Street Wilmington DE 19801 302-255-0544

About New Castle County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Wilmington Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in New Castle County, the District Attorney, along with the New Castle 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 Delaware law, the Office of the Wilmington 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 DE Court.