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District Attorney (D.A.)

n. an elected official of a county or a designated district with the responsibility for prosecuting crimes. The duties include managing the prosecutor's office, investigating alleged crimes in cooperation with law enforcement, and filing criminal charges or bringing evidence before the Grand Jury that may lead to an indictment for a crime. In some states a District Attorney is officially entitled County Attorney or State's Attorney. United States Attorneys are also called Federal District Attorneys and are prosecutors for districts (there are several in larger states) within the Department of Justice, are appointed by the President and serve at his/her pleasure.

district attorney

noun accuser, attorney for the people, attorney representing the state's interest, law ennorcement agent, the people, prosecuting attorney, the prosecution, prosecutor, public attorney, public pleader, public prosecutor, the state, state's attorney
Associated concepts: attorney general, county attorney, prosecuting attorney, state's attorney
See also: prosecutor

district attorney

(US) the state prosecuting officer in a specified judicial district. Sometimes the officer is appointed; sometimes, elected.
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