The State Attorney represents the people of the State of Florida in all criminal matters. The State Attorney and appointed Assistant State Attorneys work with the law enforcement agencies within the Fifth Circuit to investigate allegations of criminal conduct, determine if there is sufficient evidence to bring charges, and determine what charges are appropriate. The State Attorney then files those charges with the court and presents the evidence to the court or a jury.
When citizens are victims of a crime, the State Attorney’s Office provides services to them to assist the citizen as they go through the process of the prosecution of the case. While the State Attorney’s Office does not represent individuals and cannot provide legal advice to them, it is charged with the responsibility to see that the rights of victims are protected, that they are advised of the various stages of the prosecution, and are given an opportunity to have their opinion considered by the court in any sentencing.