Kanawha County WV District Attorney Office

Find Kanawha County, West Virginia 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.

Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney 301 Virginia Street East Charleston WV 25301 304-357-0300

About Kanawha County District Attorney

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

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Kanawha County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Kanawha County, the District Attorney, along with the Kanawha 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 West Virginia law, the Office of the Kanawha 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 WV Court.