District Attorney's Office
 
The district attorney is an attorney who is elected for a four-year term by the voters within the district he or she serves. District attorneys are not allowed to engage in the private practice of law.

The primary duty of the district attorney is to prosecute all criminal cases filed in the district. The district attorney represents the state in all criminal and some juvenile matters. In addition, the district attorney is responsible for preparing the criminal trial docket and advising law enforcement officers in the district.

DA Office Staff

Our Mission

The mission of the District Attorney's Office is to seek justice by ensuring that victim's rights and the public's safety are our number one priority through the fair, equal, vigorous, and efficient enforcement of the criminal laws.

District Attorney Benjamin R. David grew up in Gainesville, Florida and moved to North Carolina to attend Wake Forest Law School. After graduation in 1995, he was recruited by a top firm in the Carolinas and worked as a civil attorney out of their Winston-Salem office. Since 1999, he has worked in the District Attorney's office for the Fifth District and has served as the elected District Attorney since November 2004. (Continued, see more about our office...)

The Office of the District Attorney is made up of 45 staff members representing the more than 200,000 people living in New Hanover and Pender Counties. To learn about the office structure and to contact individuals, see the staff directory.