|Washington County State Attorney||Nashville||Illinois 62263||16 miles|
|Perry County State Attorney||Pinckneyville||Illinois 62274||17 miles|
|Randolph County State Attorney||Chester||Illinois 62233||23 miles|
|Ste. Genevieve County Prosecuting Attorney||Ste. Genevieve||Missouri 63670||28 miles|
|St. Clair County State Attorney||Belleville||Illinois 62220||31 miles|
|Monroe County State Attorney||Waterloo||Illinois 62298||31 miles|
|Clinton County State Attorney||Carlyle||Illinois 62231||32 miles|
|Jackson County State Attorney||Murphysboro||Illinois 62966||33 miles|
|Perry County Prosecuting Attorney||Perryville||Missouri 63775||35 miles|
|Jefferson County State Attorney||Mount Vernon||Illinois 62864||39 miles|
|Franklin County Office||Benton||Illinois 62812||40 miles|
|St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney||St. Louis||Missouri 63101||44 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.