Hawaii District Attorneys

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A district attorney (D.A.) is the prosecuting officer of a criminal case. In other words, the D.A. is the official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminal offenses. District attorneys present evidence and arguments during trial to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. They also have the authority to negotiate a plea deal with a defendant, effectively resolving a case before the time and expense of a criminal trial.

Each state has its own district attorneys who are responsible for a certain area of the state. Depending on the jurisdiction, that area may be divided by city, county, or a district created by the state. States also vary in what they call district attorneys. In Hawaii, for example, district attorneys are called "prosecuting attorneys" and they're divided by county.

Hawaii Attorney General's Office

A state's attorney general can be described as the "head" district attorney, meaning that all of a state's district attorneys fall under the authority of the state's attorney general. The Hawaii Attorney General is appointed by the state's governor and serves as the chief law enforcement officer as well as the chief legal officer of Hawaii. The Department of the Attorney General has a variety of duties, including:

  • representing the state in criminal and civil cases;
  • initiating civil and criminal actions to enforce the state's laws;
  • preparing legal opinions for the heads of state departments, the legislature, and the governor;
  • advising state officials on legal matters; and
  • representing state employees and officials when they're sued for actions they've taken as part of their job.

In addition to the legal services, the Attorney General's department also provides certain public services. Among these services, the Hawaii Attorney General is responsible for administering the state's child support enforcement program and assisting law enforcement with crime prevention.

Directory of Hawaii District Attorneys

As mentioned above, Hawaii's prosecuting attorneys are divided by county. Please click on the links listed below to find out more about each county's prosecuting attorney.

Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney
Honolulu City and County Prosecuting Attorney
Kauai County Prosecuting Attorney
Maui County Prosecuting Attorney

Note: Although we strive to provide the most current contact and website information available for the D.A. offices in this state, this information is subject to change. If you have found contact or website information that is not current, please contact us.

Have Questions About Hawaii's D.A.s? Talk to an Attorney

While a district attorney may seem nice when discussing your case with you, it's always a good idea to consult with a defense attorney before accepting a plea deal. And, in the event that your case will be resolved through a trial, it's even more important to have an attorney on your side. If you've been charged with a crime in Hawaii, it's in your best interest to discuss your case with a local criminal defense attorney who will be well-versed in your state's criminal laws and court procedures.

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