District Attorney

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What we do:

  • File criminal cases that have been submitted to us by a police agency.
  • Represent the people of the State of Oregon in Court by prosecuting people who violate the state’s criminal laws both felonies and misdemeanors.
  • Present criminal cases to the Grand Jury; prepare and present cases in Circuit Court.
  • Help victims of crime by keeping them informed of the case progress, arranging for an opportunity to be heard in court, and obtaining restitution orders.
  • Prosecute juvenile offenders and handle dependency case in Juvenile Court.

What we don’t do:

  • Represent defendants charged with a crime.
  • We cannot give citizens general legal advice. You must consult a private attorney for those matters. Referrals can be obtained from the Oregon State Bar.
  • Investigate criminal cases. You must report crimes to the police agency with jurisdiction, the District Attorney’s office does not investigate cases, gather evidence or interview witnesses.