What is the difference between a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney?

The main difference between a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney is who they represent. A prosecutor works for the New York State or federal government, while a criminal defense attorney represents the person accused of a crime by the government.

Along with deciding whether to charge someone with a crime, prosecutors also present the government’s case in court. Their goal is to obtain a criminal conviction or other penalties. City attorneys, county attorneys, state attorneys, district attorneys and assistant district attorneys may all be called prosecutors.

The job of a criminal defense attorney, on the other hand, is to protect the rights of the person who is charged with a crime and convince the jury that they are not guilty. Criminal defense lawyers are typically hired by a person or entity. A court can also appoint them.

If you have been arrested in New York, contact Brill Legal Group right away. Our legal team will fight to protect your freedom. As a former assistant district attorney who now exclusively represents those accused of a crime, Peter E. Brill has a deep knowledge of how prosecutors work. He provides quality legal representation to clients facing misdemeanor or felony charges in New York.

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