The State Attorney is responsible for conducting legal proceedings against individuals charged with crimes that occur in the judicial circuit that the State Attorney serves. There are 20 Judicial Circuits in Florida, and each contains one or more of Florida’s 67 counties. The Sixth Judicial Circuit is comprised of Pinellas and Pasco counties.
It is the job of the State Attorney and his Assistant State Attorneys to review charges and complaints to determine whether the facts warrant prosecution. In addition, the State Attorney’s Office for the Sixth Judicial Circuit oversees several diversion programs which offer an alternative approach to traditional prosecution. These rehabilitative efforts allow offenders to receive the services they need and help prevent future recidivism while maintaining safety in our community. We work closely with local law enforcement agencies and community service providers.
In an arrangement that is unique to the State Attorney's Office for the Sixth Circuit, we provide legal counsel for the Department of Child and Families in Dependency court cases. The State Attorney also represents the state of Florida and prosecutes or defends lawsuits, applications, or motions, whether civil or criminal, on behalf of the state.
The State Attorney’s Office for the Sixth Judicial Circuit serves a population of over 1.5 million people across its two counties. It is staffed by a team of over 450 employees, including Assistant State Attorneys, Investigators, and Support Staff. Each team member is dedicated to the mission of public safety and justice for victims of crimes.