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Do You Know What Your DA Does?

Do You Know What Your DA Does?

It's essential that we understand the power that district attorneys hold.

Published November 1st

  1. The DA Reviews The Facts
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    The district attorney reviews the facts with the arresting officer and sometimes with the complainant or other witnesses. 

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    The assistant district attorney will then determine the sufficiency of the evidence to support charges originally brought by the police, determine the final charges and draft the complaint upon which the defendant will be prosecuted. The complaint must allege facts providing reasonable cause to believe that the person charged committed specific offenses.

  2. Get The Facts Of The Case Straight!
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    The complaint must allege facts providing reasonable cause to believe that the person charged committed specific offenses. 

  3. He Represents the People
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    The DA is supposed to serve the role of protecting the people. But in many instances, these appointed officials have abused their authority. 

  4. The Final Step In The Process
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    A case is ready for arraignment when the complaint has been filed, the defendant has been interviewed by the attorney and the defendant's criminal history is available. 

Written by BET-Staff

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