Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Office of the Attorney General (Department of Legal Affairs)

Statewide Prosecution

What is the purpose of the Office of Statewide Prosecution?

The mission of the Office of Statewide Prosecution is to investigate and prosecute multi-circuit organized crime and to assist other law enforcement officials in their efforts against organized crime. The office collaborates with state and local law enforcement agencies to prosecute complex criminal matters involving criminal organizations or individuals. Additionally, the office utilizes proactive crime prevention strategies, such as providing educational resources about target hardening through environmental or programmatic design.

Who is the statewide prosecutor?

The current statewide prosecutor is Nicholas B. Cox. The Attorney General appoints the statewide prosecutor to a four-year term from a list of nominees provided by the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. The statewide prosecutor must be a registered voter in Florida and a member of the Florida Bar for five years preceding appointment to the position. The Attorney General may remove the statewide prosecutor prior to the end of their term.

Where are the statewide offices located?

Statewide prosecution offices are located in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.

What are the priorities of the Office of Statewide Prosecution?

Annually, the office adopts the investigation and prosecution of certain types of criminal activity as priorities. The current priorities are human trafficking, crimes against seniors, prescription drug and opioid trafficking, criminal gangs and violent crime, fraud and theft, and illicit narcotics and synthetic drug trafficking. The goal of the office is to dismantle criminal organizations through effective prosecution, as well as any other legal efforts, when appropriate.

What is the office's conviction rate?

In 2019-20, the statewide prosecutor's office obtained the conviction of 418 defendants, resulting in a 99% conviction rate.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2021-22
Fund Dollars Positions
PROGRAM: OFFICE OF STATEWIDE PROSECUTION
PROSECUTION OF MULTI-CIRCUIT ORGANIZED CRIME
9,975,274
77.50
TOTAL
9,975,274
77.50

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
Annual Reports, Office of Statewide Prosecution.
A Guide for Victims, Office of Statewide Prosecution.
The Auditor General reports on department operations are available on its website.
Websites of Interest
Office of the Attorney General, Addresses and Phone Numbers
National Association of Attorneys General
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Section 16.56, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Office of Attorney General, 850-414-3300, 850-414-3990 (Citizens Services), or 1-866-966-7226

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