Prosecuting Attorney

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Definition of Prosecuting Attorney

Prosecuting attorneys generally work for the local or federal court system and initiate and prosecute criminal court cases. Prosecuting attorneys are involved with most criminal cases from the beginning of the case and may work closely with the police who are gathering evidence. If the prosecuting attorney believes there is enough evidence against a defendant they will initiate a legal proceeding.

In large cities there may be many prosecuting lawyers. The prosecutor must review car accident cases and if a crime has been committed, a driver may be charged and brought to trial. If there is not sufficient evidence, the prosecutor may push for a reduction in charges or a dismissal of the car accident case. The prosecuting attorney's job will vary from the defense attorney who has been hired by the defendant to help him avoid conviction or to negotiate a lower criminal penalty.

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