HOW DOES MY CASE GET TO THE FORT BEND COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE?
If a suspect has already been arrested, or if the police or sheriffs office are seeking his/her arrest, the police or sheriffs office will turn the case over to my office for a review. The case is reviewed by an assistant district attorney who determines whether there is sufficient evidence to prove that an offense was committed, and whether there is sufficient evidence to prove that the person accused committed the crime. Certain other legal questions may also be explored at this time, such as whether an arrest without a warrant was legally justified, whether certain evidence essential to the case was legally obtained, and whether additional investigation is required. Although some cases are refused for prosecution at this stage, most are eventually filed.