The Criminal Prosecution Division of the Office of the District Attorney is responsible for representing the Commonwealth during all criminal prosecutions in Monroe County courts, including preliminary hearings, pre-trial motions, trials and appeals.
The Criminal Prosecution Division is staffed by fourteen prosecutors, including District Attorney E. David Christine, Jr., First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso, and twelve Assistant District Attorneys.
In 2012, the Office of the District Attorney handled more than 2,882 criminal cases, over 320 juvenile cases, and anticipates a continued rise in prosecutions for 2013.
You can read about each of our prosecutors in the Personnel section.
Arrest Made (accused taken into custody by police)
Probable cause of involvement in commission of crime
Criminal Complaint Filed
Arrest warrant issued
Summons issued in certain cases
Preliminary Arraignment (takes place before the Magisterial District Judge )
Within 72 hours of arrest
Accused receives written charges
Bond is set
Preliminary Hearing is scheduled
Preliminary Hearing(within 3-10 days of arrest; may be continued)
Not a guilt or innocence proceeding
To determine whether there is sufficient evidence to hold the case for trial before a judge or jury in the Court of Common Pleas
May result in reduction of charges, dismissal of case, or assessment of fines
A motion for bond reduction may be made at this proceeding
Accused is presumed innocent and usually does not testify
Formal Arraignment (A "calendar control" or "paper" date)
Accused receives final charges in writing
Accused enters plea of guilty or not-guilty
Accused requests jury or non-jury trial
Defense Counsel must enter "Appearance" as Counsel of Record
Case is assigned to a judge
Establishes time periods for filing of Discovery, Bill of Particulars, and Pre-Trial Motions
Pre-Trial Conference is scheduled
Pre-Trial Conference (A "calendar control" or "paper" date)
Informs judge of how case will proceed (jury trial, non-jury trial, pre-trial motions, plea)
Trial or plea date is scheduled
Trial (Jury or Non-Jury)
If incarcerated, accused must be brought to trial within 180 days of filing of Criminal Complaint unless there is excludable time charged to accused
If on bond, accused must be brought to trial within 365 days of filing of Criminal Complaint unless there is excludable time charged to accused
Accused may present a defense to charges in a suppression hearing, jury or non-jury trial.
If acquitted on all charges the case concludes
If accused is convicted of all or any charge by entry or plea or guilty verdict by judge or jury the case proceeds to sentencing stage
Upon conviction, and depending upon the severity of the crime(s), the case may proceed immediately to sentencing or a Pre-Sentence Investigation is ordered to assist the judge in imposing sentence.
Depending upon the crime(s) involved, sentencing may involve total confinement in a state or county facility, alternative housing, home detention, probation, payment of fines and restitution.
Post-Sentence Motions must be filed (if at all) in writing and within 10 days
An appeal may be filed (if at all) in writing within 30 days of the denial of Post-Sentence Motions or, if no Post-Sentence Motions are filed, within 30 days of sentencing.
Office of the District Attorney
610 Monroe St., Suite 126
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Tel: (570) 517-3052
Fax: (570) 517-3863