There are two sides in a criminal trial: the prosecution and the defense. The prosecution is responsible for presenting evidence in an effort to prove at trial that the defendant is guilty of the crime that they've been charged with committing. The defense's job is to ensure that the prosecution meets its burden to prove that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
While the defendant is represented by a public defender or a private criminal attorney, the prosecution is represented by a district attorney (D.A.). Each state has district attorneys although their titles and responsibilities can vary by state. In Wyoming, for example, district attorneys are divided by county and called "county attorneys."
Alternative to Trial: Plea Deals
It's important to be aware that not all criminal charges result in a trial. In fact, many times, criminal charges are resolved through plea deals. The D.A. has the authority to offer a defendant with a plea deal, which often involves reduced charges or sentencing. Even if the district attorney is offering such a deal, it's important to realize that they're looking out for the people's interest, not yours. For this reason, it's always a good idea to consult with a criminal defense attorney before accepting a plea deal offered by the D.A.
Wyoming Attorney General
The Wyoming Attorney General is appointed by the state's governor. It's important to remember that, by law, the attorney general is only permitted to provide legal advice and opinions to state officials and not to private organizations or citizens. The attorney general has a variety of duties including, but not limited to:
The office of the attorney general is also responsible for establishing a call center for receiving information that relates to school and student safety issues, and delivering the information in order to assist the coordination of law enforcement, emergency response teams, and school district officials.
Directory of Wyoming District Attorneys
Below, you can find links to each county attorney in Wyoming.
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.
Have Questions About Wyoming District Attorneys? Talk to a Defense Attorney
Facing criminal charges can be a scary and stressful time. Luckily, you don't have to face them alone -- you can get help from a knowledgeable legal professional. So, if you've been charged with a crime, don't wait until it's too late -- contact a criminal defense attorney near you today and ensure that your interests are being protected.