|Jackson County State Attorney||Murphysboro||Illinois 62966||14 miles|
|Franklin County Office||Benton||Illinois 62812||17 miles|
|Perry County State Attorney||Pinckneyville||Illinois 62274||24 miles|
|Union County State Attorney||Jonesboro||Illinois 62952||25 miles|
|Johnson County State Attorney||Vienna||Illinois 62995||28 miles|
|State Attorney||Harrisburg||Illinois 62946||30 miles|
|Hamilton County State Attorney||McLeansboro||Illinois 62859||37 miles|
|Jefferson County State Attorney||Mount Vernon||Illinois 62864||38 miles|
|Randolph County State Attorney||Chester||Illinois 62233||41 miles|
|Washington County State Attorney||Nashville||Illinois 62263||42 miles|
|Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney||Jackson||Missouri 63755||42 miles|
|Perry County Prosecuting Attorney||Perryville||Missouri 63775||43 miles|
|Pope County State Attorney||Golconda||Illinois 62938||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.