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The Charging Unit is responsible for deciding whether criminal charges should be filed against an offender in felony cases. Cases usually come to the Charging Unit from law enforcement agencies. After reviewing the available information, the charging attorney decides what charges, if any, should be filed, declines to file charges, or sends the matter back to the lead investigative agency for additional investigation.
If charges are filed, the charging attorney takes the case to either the appropriate Justice Court for a preliminary hearing or to the Navajo County Grand Jury for a determination if probable cause exists to believe that a crime was committed and that the defendant committed the crime.
After the probable cause determination has been made, the case is assigned to a trial prosecutor.