The District Attorney; has the responsibility of prosecuting all felony, gross misdemeanor, and juvenile offender cases committed anywhere within the County.
The District Attorney's Office is the legal branch of local government representing the Humboldt County Commission and other county agencies in administrative and litigation matters.
The District Attorney, upon receiving reports from law enforcement agencies, has the sole discretion and responsibility of reviewing the information contained in the reports to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to prosecute the case.
The District Attorney may, and routinely does, have the investigating officer try to obtain additional information from the parties involved in order to better determine the criminal status. Most crimes committed in Humboldt County are prosecutable by the District Attorney.
This office makes the determination to prosecute based on the facts contained in the reports submitted by law enforcement agencies, and information gathered from the parties involved.