A district attorney (D.A.) is the official who prosecutes criminal cases on behalf of the government. The prosecutor decides whether to file charges against you, which charges should be filed, and what kind of punishment they're seeking. Communicating with a district attorney may be necessary in order to negotiate a plea deal, ask for reduced charges, or ask that the charges against you be dismissed altogether.
However, you should be aware that in some jurisdictions the district attorney will refuse to speak to a defendant in order to avoid potential legal and ethical issues that could arise in those circumstances. It's also worth considering that, even if they will speak to you, there are significant risks that can arise and either weaken your defense or worsen the charges you face. Retaining an attorney to communicate on your behalf removes a lot of the risk, while also maximizing the potential benefits of communicating with the prosecution.
Michigan Attorney General
The Michigan Attorney General is responsible for keeping the public safe from criminals, helping crime victims, protecting consumers, and preserving the state's natural resources. Basically, the department of the attorney general is the state's top lawyer and law enforcement official.
Directory of Michigan District Attorneys
Some states call district attorneys by different names. In Michigan, for example, district attorneys are called "prosecuting attorneys." In the table below, you can find links to Michigan prosecuting attorneys 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.
Get Legal Help Before Talking to a Michigan District Attorney
However you proceed, it would be wise to discuss your case with someone friendly before sitting down at the negotiating table with the people trying to put you in jail. If you still decide to represent yourself, a defense attorney's observations will still help inform your decisions. Contact a skilled criminal defense attorney to discuss your case's merits at the earliest opportunity.