Seeking Justice for Everyone
The Office of the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit is represented by The Honorable Andrew A. Bain and serves Orange and Osceola counties in Central Florida. A culturally diverse community, the area is home to nearly 1.4 million residents and is a vacation destination for millions each year. Our office is committed to making Orlando and the surrounding area a vibrant and safe place to live, work and play.
Our Assistant State Attorneys, legal support teams, victim advocates and administration work diligently with various state and federal law enforcement agencies to prosecute those accused of committing crimes. We believe a successful prosecution involves cooperation from victims and witnesses. If you are a victim, please visit our page outlining the Florida Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights.
The State Attorney’s Office functions as an independent law enforcement agency. Above all things, this Office seeks justice. We unequivocally adopt the standards established by the American Bar Association and aim to establish policy rooted in facts and research. Ethics, Competence, Respect, and Community are the highest values, and that which our success is measured.
We strive to keep communities safer by not only engaging in the traditional role of prosecutors, but also embracing our role as part of the communities we serve. Community Engagement aims to build relationships, educate, and increase accountability.
While engaging in the day-to-day prosecutorial function, we likewise seek to reform and improve the criminal justice system by measuring success in the courtroom and the community.
We hope that you will find the information and resources on this website useful.
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Serving the Public
Orange & Osceola Counties
As employees of the State Attorney, we are all part of a number of agencies and institutions collectively known as the Criminal Justice System. Understanding this system, the way it works, and the role of this office within it, gives us a sense of appreciation for the vital role we play in the safety and protection of the community.
The basic purpose of the Criminal Justice System and this office is to bring to justice those guilty of committing crimes and exonerating those mistakenly accused of committing crimes.
There are basically three types or classifications of crime that are dealt with by the Criminal Justice System: Felonies – Crimes that are punishable by imprisonment for more than one year in the State Department of Corrections. Examples include murder, sexual battery, burglary, and grand thefts; Misdemeanors – Crimes that are punishable by imprisonment for up to one year in the county jail. Examples include petit theft, simple battery, prostitution and trespasses; and Criminal Traffic Offenses – Specifically listed violations of the traffic laws punishable by imprisonment of up to one year in the county jail. Examples include driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving on a suspended driver’s license. Within the Ninth Judicial Circuit, there are 12 municipal police departments, two Sheriff’s offices, and various state and federal law enforcement agencies. While most of our cases come from the enforcement of local and state laws, they may also be referred to us by federal agencies such as the F.B.I. and Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.).
The prosecution of those accused of committing crimes is conducted by the Office of the State Attorney and to a small degree the Office of Statewide Prosecutor. We are responsible for representing the State in all criminal proceedings that result from the charging of a person with a crime by law enforcement and/or this office. Each accused is entitled to legal counsel provided by private attorneys hired by a defendant or by the Public Defender, which may be appointed by the court to those who cannot afford to hire a private attorney.
The third component of the Criminal Justice System is the judiciary. Its main function is the adjudication of cases to fairly determine guilt or innocence and the proper sentencing of those found guilty. Criminal Courts can be divided into two types: Circuit Court and County Court. There are two divisions within Circuit Court: Criminal – handles all adult felony cases that are prosecuted; and Juvenile – handles all felony and misdemeanor cases that are committed by defendants under 18 years of age. County Court handles all adult misdemeanor and all traffic cases that are prosecuted.