District Attorney (D.A.) Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of District Attorney (D.A.), written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is District Attorney (D.A.)?

n. Elected official who is responsible for prosecuting crimes for their designated district or county. They manage the prosecutor’s office, investigate alleged crimes, and file criminal charges or present the evidence to a Grand Jury in order to bring an indictment for a crime. The District Attorney is referred to as the County Attorney or State’s Attorney in certain states. U.S. Attorneys are called Federal District Attorneys and are appointed by the President, serving as prosecutors for districts within the Department of Justice.