|Tuolumne County District Attorney||Sonora||California 95370||14 miles|
|Calaveras County District Attorney||San Andreas||California 95249||18 miles|
|Stanislaus County District Attorney||Modesto||California 95354||29 miles|
|Amador County District Atty||Jackson||California 95642||30 miles|
|San Joaquin County District Attorney||Stockton||California 95202||36 miles|
|Merced County District Attorney||Merced||California 95340||45 miles|
District attorneys (DAs) are the highest-ranking law enforcement officials in their jurisdictions. Their authority is usually county-wide, although some district attorneys represent large cities. As long as they have probable cause, district attorneys have complete discretion in filing charges against individuals. Informed by police investigations, district attorneys may charge anyone with misdemeanors or felonies.
District attorneys review the available evidence and assess witness credibility to determine whether a suspect may have committed a particular crime. A DA may charge a suspect directly or may refer the evidence to a grand jury to consider an indictment against a suspect.
District attorneys are responsible for prosecuting defendants in court. They present the evidence and arguments to a judge or jury, oppose the arguments of a criminal defense attorney, and work to obtain a conviction against the defendant.