A district attorney (D.A.) is the official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminal offenses. District attorneys are essentially lawyers whose job it is to represent the people of the state against persons or entities accused of criminal activity. In North Dakota, district attorneys are called "state's attorneys" and they're divided by county.
The Role of a North Dakota District Attorney
Once a suspect is arrested by law enforcement, it's the job of the prosecutor to decide whether or not to file charges based upon the evidence in the case. Once the prosecutor makes a determination, it's their job to continue researching the case, appearing in court, and ultimately getting a conviction or plea from the defendant.
If the case goes to a criminal trial, and the prosecutor gains a conviction against the defendant, it will be their job to present a sentencing recommendation to the judge. Depending on the nature of the crime, this may also include presenting testimony of a victims or family members of the victim(s) to speak to the judge regarding the impact of the crime.
North Dakota Attorney General
The North Dakota Attorney General is responsible for representing the state in cases where the state has an interest in the outcome or if it's been name as a party. The attorney general's office also provides opinions and legal services to state officials and agencies.
Directory of North Dakota District Attorneys
Below you'll find links for the state's attorney for each county in North Dakota.
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.
Charged by the D.A.? Get Help from a Local Defense Lawyer
Crime in North Dakota simply doesn't pay. But if you are being charged with a criminal offense, whether misdemeanor or felony, now is the time to learn about the law and any possible defenses you may have available to you. A great first step in starting this process is to reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney in your neck of the woods.