|Ralls County Prosecuting Attorney||New London||Missouri 63459||9 miles|
|Adams County State Attorney||Quincy||Illinois 62301||16 miles|
|Pike County Prosecuting Attorney||Bowling Green||Missouri 63334||27 miles|
|Pike County State Attorney||Pittsfield||Illinois 62363||30 miles|
|Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney||Monticello||Missouri 63457||34 miles|
|Shelby County Prosecuting Attorney||Shelbyville||Missouri 63469||37 miles|
|Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney||Paris||Missouri 65275||37 miles|
|Brown County State Attorney||Mount Sterling||Illinois 62353||37 miles|
|Audrain Prosecuting Attorney||Mexico||Missouri 65265||46 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.