Thank you for visiting the web site of the District Attorney's Office in Prosecutorial District 30. The 30th District includes seven counties, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain. Geographically speaking, the district is one of the largest in North Carolina and also the only district that borders three separate states; South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

It is the duty of this office to represent the State of North Carolina with integrity and professionalism, while protecting victims and their rights, in the pursuit of justice.

The goal of this site is to make the information and services provided by the District Attorney's Office and the criminal justice system available to the public. Please take the time to search each page and explore all the information provided. Should you have any questions, we have also included details on how you may contact our office.

The criminal justice system can sometimes be complex to understand. If you would like help learning about its process and/or components, you may start by following the links below.

Your District Attorney

Commonly refers to an attorney for the community elected by the people in his/her district to represent the interests of the general public, including crime victims in court proceedings against people accused of committing crimes. Other jurisdictions use various terms: Prosecutor, U.S. Attorney (a federal prosecutor), Solicitor or State's Attorney. You can learn more about your District Attorney on our "District Attorney" web page.

A Victim's Rights

The State of North Carolina provides victims' of specific crimes certain rights and responsibilities under the law. Our office strives to ensure the interests of all victims are heard in the pursuit of justices. If you are not sure of your rights and responsibilities you can find answers on our "Victim's Rights" web page.

The Court Process

North Carolina has more than 400 criminal laws. Cases are heard in both District and Superior Courts. The most serious cases, the ones that often result in a prison sentence of at least one year or more, are felonies and they are usually heard in Superior Court. Felonies include such things as breaking and entering, assault, sale or delivery of controlled substance, forgery, rape, incest, murder or embezzlement. For more information about the North Carolina criminal justice system, please visit our "Court Process" web page.