prosecution agency | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction

A prosecution agency is a government entity responsible for prosecuting criminal cases on behalf of the state or federal government.

Prosecution agencies are typically authorized to investigate, charge, and try individuals accused of committing crimes. In the United States, prosecution agencies can include the Department of Justice (DOJ), state attorneys general offices, district attorneys’ offices, and other specialized agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Prosecutors working for these agencies are responsible for building cases against defendants and presenting evidence in court to secure convictions. They may also negotiate plea agreements and recommend sentences for convicted individuals. The ultimate goal of a prosecution agency is to ensure that justice is served and that individuals who violate the law are held accountable for their actions.

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Last Modified: 03/13/2023


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