District Attorney (D.A.)

Definition - What does District Attorney (D.A.) mean?

A district attorney (DA) is the government's attorney for a criminal case. They are also called the prosecution. It is the district attorney's job to prove a case is true beyond all reasonable doubt. The district attorney also determines which exact offense to charge a person with and what level of sentencing to pursue.

Justipedia explains District Attorney (D.A.)

The district attorney works with the police in arraigning defendants to proceed for further trial. The district attorney has it within their power to drop a case before it is heard; this may happen when the DA feels that there is not sufficient evidence to convict a person or if they feel the charges were improperly levied either more lenient or too harshly.

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