State District Attorneys (or "D.A.s") prosecute crimes on behalf of the state within their districts, typically one or more counties. Maine has eight prosecutorial districts, each comprising between one and four counties. If the D.A. decides there's enough evidence to file charges (and that other elements of the crime have been established), they'll file charges. Some crimes are referred to a grand jury, which will move to indict the suspect if it believes there's probable cause for criminal charges.
The following is an overview of the role of the Maine Attorney General, when it makes sense to speak with the District Attorney, and contact information for Maine's D.A.s by district.
Speaking With the District Attorney
There may be instances when it makes sense to communicate with the D.A.'s office, but you want to be careful and work with an attorney. For instance, you may be offered a plea deal that could reduce your sentence or bump you down to a lesser charge. Since the D.A. is working to convict you, they'll consider using anything you reveal about your defense strategy (or even a tacit admission of guilt) against you.
Maine Attorney General's Office
The Office of the Maine Attorney General (or "A.G.") represents the state as a whole, whereas the D.A.s file criminal charges on behalf of the state within their respective districts. The A.G. is the state's highest ranking prosecutor and law enforcement official, representing Maine in matters of litigation and filing lawsuits on behalf of aggrieved Maine consumers.
The A.G.'s office is divided into several divisions, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Child Protective Division - Handles the state's child protection cases, including the training of caseworkers and legal services for the Dept. of Health and Human Service (DHHS).
- Child Support Division - Enforces the collection and disbursement of child support payments.
- Health & Human Services Division - Represents the DHHS in the administration of public resources, programs, and compliance with legal standards pertaining to public assistance.
- Investigation Division - Handles the investigation of both criminal and civil matters, helping other state agencies as needed.
- Consumer Protection Division - Focuses on enforcement of consumer laws, antitrust enforcement, oversight of public charities, and tobacco law enforcement.
Maine District Attorneys: Directory
The state of Maine is divided into eight prosecutorial districts, each headed by its own District Attorney. To learn more about your local D.A., or to contact their office, click on the corresponding link below.
Note: Although we strive to provide the most current contact and website information available for the D.A. offices in this state, this information is subject to change. If you have found contact or website information that is not current, please contact us.
Facing Criminal Charges? Contact a Maine Defense Attorney
It's important to realize that the Maine District Attorney filing criminal charges against you has quite a few resources at their disposable as they seek a conviction. Shouldn't you also be represented by a legal professional? Don't go it alone; contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Maine today and get some peace of mind.