An Assistant County Attorney reviews cases brought to the County Attorney's Office by local law enforcement agencies. The reports are reviewed in light of current law and whether the case presented by the agency can be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt.
When law enforcement responds to a call, they take a report and then conduct further investigation. Once they feel they have enough evidence to prove the suspect's guilt, they present the case to our office. An Assistant County Attorney reviews the case to determine whether charges are appropriate and if the case can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If not, the case is declined and sent back to the law enforcement agency, sometimes for further investigation. If so, the case will be charged and assigned to one of our prosecutors who will work with the investigators and victims and witnesses to prepare the case for trial.