A district attorney is responsible for prosecuting crimes that occur in their district. While states have different names for a district attorney, the function is the same. In Indiana, district attorneys are referred to as prosecutors and every county in Indiana has a prosecutor.
The Role of the Prosecuting Attorney
Prosecutors in Indiana are provided for in the state constitution. They're elected for each judicial circuit and hold their office for four years. While not specifically a county prosecutor, since they are elected to represent a judicial circuit, each county will have a designated prosecutor.
The prosecutor is responsible for enforcing the laws of the State of Indiana and will prosecute felony and misdemeanor crimes committed within their county. They conduct criminal investigations and convene grand jury proceedings. They may also prosecute infractions, traffic violations, and juvenile prosecutions.
The Role of the Grand Jury
A grand jury isn't always convened and isn't necessary to proceed with criminal charges. However, it can be a powerful investigative tool for the prosecution. A grand jury can issue subpoenas to gather documentary evidence and question witnesses. The main purpose is to determine whether criminal charges will be brought. The standard of proof is far lower than the "beyond a shadow of doubt" that the prosecution needs to prove at an accused's criminal trial. All a grand jury needs to find is that there is probable cause to support criminal charges.
The Indiana Attorney General
The Attorney General (A.G.) is the chief legal officer for the people of Indiana. The A.G. is responsible for protecting the public interest. It litigates on behalf of the state bringing both criminal and civil lawsuits. It also has advocacy programs to protect consumers and the environment, promote the protection of children, and help crime victims.
Indiana State Prosecutors
The chart below provides helpful links to Indiana prosecutors by county.
Allen County Prosecutor (38th Jud Cir)
Benton County Prosecutor (76th Jud Cir)
Boone County Prosecutor (20th Jud Cir)
Clark County Prosecutor (4th Jud Cir)
Clay County Prosecutor (13th Jud Cir)
DeKalb County Prosecutor (75th Jud Cir)
Greene County Prosecutor (63rd Jud Cir)
Hamilton County Prosecutor (24th Jud Cir)
Johnson County Prosecutor (88th Jud Cir)
Lake County Prosecutor (31st Jud Cir)
Marion County Prosecutor (19th Jud Cir)
Monroe County Prosecutor (10th Jud Cir)
Morgan County Prosecutor (15th Jud Cir)
Noble County Prosecutor (33rd Jud Cir)
St. Joseph County Prosecutor (60th Jud Cir)
Shelby County Prosecutor (16th Jud Cir)
Tippecanoe County Prosecutor (23rd Jud Cir)
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor (1st Jud Cir)
Warrick County Prosecutor (2nd Jud Cir)
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.
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