What is a DA?
Elected official, prosecutor and advocate for safe and healthy communities
District attorneys (DAs) are dedicated public servants who are charged with seeking the truth and pursuing justice under the law on criminal matters that occur in their jurisdiction.
District attorneys are not only dedicated public servants but your neighbors who share the same values as their community.
The DA's Office
Although resources vary between districts, all district attorneys manage a staff committed to serving the public interest.
Learn what DAs are responsible for, how they’re selected, the requisite qualifications and where their funding comes from.
Your Values are Our Values
The DA's Office
District attorneys – or DAs – are dedicated public servants charged with seeking the truth and pursuing justice under the law on criminal matters that occur in their jurisdiction. The title includes both the elected DA and the prosecutors in their office.
To be eligible to run for district attorney in Colorado, candidates must meet the same qualifications of district court judges. They must be licensed to practice law in Colorado for five years, a qualified elector of the judicial district at the time of their election or appointment and reside in the district throughout their term in office.
Depending on the local population and funding, district attorney offices in Colorado vary greatly when it comes to resources. The number of prosecutors in a jurisdiction varies from as little as three to over 100.
The state only provides funding for the salary of the elected district attorney. Other staff positions and all resources in the office are funded locally by the counties in each respective jurisdiction. Office budgets are allocated by each district’s county commissioners.
District attorneys, assistant DAs, chief deputy DAs, special deputy DAs and special prosecutors are categorized as peace officers. Although their authority includes the enforcement of all laws of the state and they work cooperatively with local law enforcement agencies in criminal investigations, DAs serve as a check on the discretion of law enforcement and ensure the protection of the accused’s constitutional rights.
Ask your attorney or contact the district attorney’s office for the judicial district where you have been investigated or charged with a crime.
If you are a victim of a crime or other interested party, you can contact the victim advocate or administrative personnel at the district attorney’s office in the judicial district where the crime occurred.
With very limited exceptions, the district attorney has the final say in all criminal cases within their jurisdiction.
Yes, complaints against prosecutors in Colorado are handled by the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. To file a complaint, contact the OARC by calling 303-457-5800 or toll-free at 877-888-1370.