Each state has prosecuting attorneys who file criminal cases on behalf of the state government, typically divided into districts. Each county in Wisconsin is represented by its own District Attorney's office. When the state decides to charge someone with a crime, the corresponding District Attorney will file charges in a document referred to as "the information," unless the case goes to a grand jury first.
The following information will help you learn about the role of Wisconsin District Attorneys and how to contact them. But remember, it's best to work with an attorney before reaching out to the D.A. for any reason.
Contacting the District Attorney's Office
In some jurisdictions the D.A.'s office will refuse to communicate with defendants and, even if they will speak to you, there are risks involved in communicating with the prosecution. The first risk is that you may overlook opportunities to defeat the charges against you without discussing the case with the D.A.
The other risk is that you may reveal facts or strategy that worsen your situation. On the other hand, communicating with the prosecution may be necessary or helpful if you're seeking reduced charges, pretrial diversion, a voluntary dismissal of the case, or a plea bargain. Make sure you meet with an attorney before making such a decision, since it can negatively impact your case.
Wisconsin Attorney General
The Wisconsin Attorney General, an elected position, heads the state's Department of Justice and represents the entire state in litigation and other legal matters.
Directory of Wisconsin County District Attorneys
Wisconsin is divided into 71 judicial circuits, each covering one county. The following links will help you get in touch with the appropriate prosecutor's office.
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.
Talk to a Lawyer Before Talking to a Wisconsin District Attorney
If you've been charged with a crime, it's almost always in your best interests to work with a a legal professional, especially if you plan on reaching out to the prosecutor for any reason. A skilled attorney will understand the law and can best represent you. Get started on your case today by speaking with an experienced Wisconsin criminal defense attorney near you.