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DA Office: 610 891-4162

Special Victims Unit: 610 891-4811

Witness Assistance: 610 831-4227

Criminal Investigations: 610 891-4700

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I file a private criminal complaint?

How do I file a Protection from Abuse Order ("PFA")

Where is my local District Court? Who is my local Magisterial Justice?

Does the District Attorney's Office have any job openings?

How is the Office of the District Attorney structured?

I am having an ongoing dispute with my neighbor. What can I do?

I have been charged with a crime. How do I find a lawyer?

I received a subpoena to appear in court. What do I do next?

 

 

How do I file a private criminal complaint?

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If you believe that you have been the victim of a crime you should immediately call your local police department. If the police inform you that they are unable to assist, you may be advised to file a private criminal complaint. To file a private criminal complaint you must do the following:

You must go to the District Court in the Township or Borough where the crime occurred. For a list of District Court information see Where is my local District Court? Who is my local Magisterial Justice? below.

You must have the name and address of the person you are accusing of committing the crime against you. You should be prepared to put into writing your version of how the crime occurred. This includes the names and addresses of any witnesses. You complete the Private Criminal Complaint paperwork, provided by the District Court Staff, you must take the paperwork to the Office of the District Attorney for approval.

Once you arrive at the District Attorney’s Office an Assistant District Attorney will review the Private Criminal Complaint and assess whether a crime has been committed. If the reviewing Assistant District Attorney has approved the Private Criminal Complaint, you must go back to the same District Court and give the complaint to the District Court Staff. You will then receive notice of a Court date in mail.

 

 

Does The District Attorney’s Office have any job openings?

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All attorneys seeking employment as an Assistant District Attorney should forward a resume and cover letter to:

Jack Stollsteimer, Delaware County District Attorney
c/o c/o Ms. Diane White
Office of the District Attorney
Delaware County Courthouse
201 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063

All support staff inquires: http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/depts/personnel.html

I am having an ongoing dispute with my neighbor. What can I do?

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If you believe that a crime has been committed immediately contact the Police. If you need to settle a dispute between neighbors, co-workers, landlord/tenant etc. Contact:

Community Dispute Settlement Program
26 East Jackson Street
Media, PA 19063
(610) 566-7710

I have been charged with a crime. How do I find a lawyer?

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You may hire a private attorney to represent you. If you need a reference it is recommended that you contact:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Public Defender's Office provides legal assistance to persons who are accused of criminal offenses by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and who cannot afford the expense of presenting a defense to the charges against them.

Office of the Public Defender
313 W. Front Street
Media, PA 19063
Phone: 610-891-4100

I received a subpoena to appear in court. What do I do next?

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Generally, if you are a victim or witness to a crime and are needed to appear in court, the Assistant District Attorney assigned to prosecute that case will have a subpoena sent to you. If you receive a subpoena directing you to appear and have not been contacted by the assigned Assistant District Attorney feel free to contact the District Attorney’s Office at (610) 891-4161. The prosecuting Assistant District Attorney’s name should appear in the upper right-hand corner of your subpoena and all questions should be directed to that named ADA.