On a TV crime drama or in real life courts, the prosecutor is the person who brings criminal charges against a suspect.

A prosecutor is a lawyer who works for a state or government organization and is responsible for starting legal proceedings and then proving in court that the suspect committed the crime he’s accused of. The opposite of a prosecutor is a defense attorney. So on that TV crime drama, the prosecutor is the one trying to put the bad guy in jail, and the defense attorney is the one trying to prove that the guy really isn’t a bad guy.

Definitions of prosecutor

n a government official who conducts criminal prosecutions on behalf of the state

prosecuting attorney, prosecuting officer, public prosecutor
DA, district attorney
an official prosecutor for a judicial district
state attorney, state's attorney
a prosecuting attorney for a state
Type of:
attorney, lawyer
a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice
functionary, official
a worker who holds or is invested with an office

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