Every county in the State of Idaho has a Prosecuting Attorney. Other states call the Prosecuting Attorney a District Attorney. Whether they're called a prosecutor or district attorney makes no difference in the job being performed as they're responsible for enforcing the laws of the state by working with law enforcement agencies.
The prosecuting attorney or district attorney typically make the determination about what, if any, criminal charges are filed. The police will make an arrest, but it's the district attorney who determines whether or not to prosecute. The decision to prosecute is made after the prosecutor does some investigation which can include a preliminary hearing or grand jury. If the prosecutor decides to proceed with the charges, then they will represent the State of Idaho throughout the criminal proceeding.
Training and Outreach
The Prosecutor's office does more than just prosecute defendants. They also provide legal advice to the county and county officials. They often have community outreach programs to help victims and those that have been injured. Sometimes they have special programs for drug offenders to help them rehabilitate themselves through programs like the Drug Court program.
Idaho Attorney General's Office
The Prosecutor represents the state in all criminal prosecutions by county, but the Office of the Attorney General represents the state in any litigation involving the state. The Attorney General can bring a criminal case, but often the A.G.'s office works on civil litigation matters where the state of Idaho has an interest.
Idaho County District Attorney Offices
Idaho has a Prosecutor elected for each one. These districts can represent more than one county as you can see below in the list of Prosecutors by the county they represent.
Madison County Prosecuting Attorney
Payette County Prosecuting Attorney
Note: Although we strive to provide the most current contact and website information available for the Prosecutor's 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.
Charged with a Criminal Offense? A Local Attorney Can Help
Are you facing charges in Idaho? If so, you're eventually going to interact with the local prosecutor's office. Before you do, you should seek legal advice to help you better understand your rights and the legal protections available to you. Find out more by getting in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney near you.