A District Attorney (DA) is the prosecuting officer of a criminal case (i.e., the official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminal offenses). The prosecutor decides whether to file charges against you, which charges should be filed, and what kind of punishment they are seeking. Communicating with a district attorney may be necessary in order to negotiate a plea agreement, ask for reduced charges, or ask that the charges against you be dismissed altogether.
However, you should be aware that in some jurisdictions the district attorney will refuse to speak to a defendant in order to avoid potential legal and ethical issues that could arise in those circumstances. It is also worth considering that, even if they will speak to you, there are significant risks that can arise and either weaken your defense or worsen the charges you face. Retaining an attorney to communicate on your behalf removes a lot of the risk, while also maximizing the potential benefits of communicating with the prosecution.
Below are links to some DAs by county. To suggest a resource for this page, please e-mail us.
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However you proceed, it would be wise to discuss your case with someone friendly before sitting down at the negotiating table with the enemy. If you still decide to represent yourself their observations will still help inform your decisions. Contact a competent local attorney for a free case review to discuss your case's merits at the earliest opportunity.