A Day in the Life of a County Attorney

By Regina Nassen

Most counties have an elected official who serves as the head of the primary criminal prosecuting agency for the county—typically called a “state’s attorney,” or “district attorney.” In some states the title of the elected prosecutor is “county attorney,” and typically in that case the elected official is also the head of the county’s legal department. In other states, the lawyers in the legal department are appointed by the county governing body (typically called a board of supervisors).

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