A District Attorney or State's Attorney is the prosecuting officer of a criminal case (i.e., the official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminal offenses).
The Role of the Prosecutor
A prosecutor's job is to work with law enforcement officials and to make the case against a criminal defendant at trial. Prosecutors have a high burden, in fact the highest burden, as they must prove each element of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Whether they're successful will depend on the nature of the evidence and, more specifically, what evidence will be admitted at trial.
The nature of the evidence can also determine whether a defendant will be successful during any plea negotiations. If an agreement can be reached, the prosecution could dismiss certain charges or seek reduced penalties if the defendant is willing to admit to certain facts or to plead guilty. This is one way to resolve your case, but it's not the only way. In fact, if the evidence against a defendant is relatively weak, it may be better to make your case at trial.
Communicating with the Prosecutor's Office
In any event, communicating with a prosecutor's office may be essential for success in your case. It could help lead to a plea deal or it could inadvertently give you some insight into the prosecution's strategy and the evidence they will rely on at trial. Before entering any discussions, however, it's important to seek legal advice and representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. A local defense attorney has most likely worked with the prosecutors in his or her county on other cases and would know how to work with them to try and achieve a resolution in your case. Even more important, though, a defense attorney has the responsibility to protect your rights and to be your strongest advocate.
Below are links to Maryland prosecutor's offices by county. To suggest a resource for this page, please e-mail us.
Don't Go It Alone: Contact a Local Criminal Defense Lawyer
Facing criminal charges is a stressful experience. Even if you think you can work with the prosecutor in your case, you need to make sure that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney working for you. The good news is that there are attorneys near you who can help. Get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney today and get some peace of mind.