A District Attorney or State's Attorney (or simply "prosecutor") is the prosecuting officer of a criminal case (i.e., the official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminal offenses). Their job is to work with law enforcement 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
Communicating with the prosecutor's office may be essential for success in your case. It could help lead to a plea deal or inadvertently give you some insight into the prosecution's strategy and the evidence they'll 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 their 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.
Maryland Attorney General's Office
The Maryland Attorney General is elected by registered voters and is therefore political in nature. The Attorney General's office represents the state in litigation and also enforces laws meant to protect state residents.
Directory of Maryland District Attorneys
Below are links to Maryland prosecutor's offices by county.
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.
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 in Maryland and get some peace of mind.