A District Attorney (DA) is the prosecuting officer of a criminal case (i.e., the official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminal offenses). The prosecutor's office works closely with police and other law enforcement agencies to obtain evidence, especially evidence that can be admitted at trial. There are times when evidence is improperly and unconstitutionally collected, in which case it may be deemed inadmissible at trial. So, while police may conduct arrests and collect evidence at a crime scene, it's the prosecutor who gets evidence, lawfully collected, into court and who ultimately makes the case against a defendant.
Prosecutors have a very high burden in criminal cases. After all, they must prove every element of a crime beyond any reasonable doubt in order to obtain a conviction. Whether they're successful often comes down to the evidence, the jury and their skills as an attorney.
Working with a Defense Attorney
However, experienced criminal defense attorneys can also affect the outcome in a case by challenging the government's evidence and creating reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors. Those who have been practicing for a while are also in a good position to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a a case before trial to see whether a plea bargain would be in the defendant's best interest.
With a plea bargain, a defendant enters into negotiations with the prosecution to dismiss certain charges, to reduce the charges, or to reduce the penalties on sentencing. These are sensitive communications that should only be done with the assistance of a defense attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. Remember, it's the prosecution's job to put you in jail, so it's critical to make sure that communications, which could inadvertently include damaging admissions, are carefully crafted.
How To Contact District Attorneys In New Jersey
Below are links to some DAs by county. To suggest a resource for this page, please e-mail us.
Get Professional Help With Your New Jersey Criminal Case
No one wants to be the subject of a criminal case and there are times when law enforcement simply makes mistakes or has an incomplete picture of an incident. However, you shouldn't rely on law enforcement to get it right on their own; there is simply too much at stake. If you're facing criminal charges in New Jersey, even if they involve relatively minor crimes, a seasoned criminal defense attorney can make all the difference, either at trial or in pre-trial negotiations.