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DepartmentCity Attorney's Office
QuestionWhat is the difference between the City Attorney and the District Attorney?
AnswerThe City Attorney is the attorney for the City of Modesto in all if its functions as a municipal corporation. The role of the City Attorney is similar to that of the general counsel of a large private corporation. The attorneys in the Office provide legal advice and services to the City Council, City officials, staff, departments, boards, commissions, and related City entities and enterprises such as the Modesto Redevelopment Agency. In addition, the City Attorney is responsible for prosecuting all misdemeanor and infraction all violations of the Modesto Municipal Code which includes animal control, housing and building issues and other City laws.

The District Attorney is an elected official serving the entire County of Stanislaus. The District Attorney investigates and prosecutes all felony crimes occurring within the City of Modesto, and all felony crimes and misdemeanor violations of state law occurring in Stanislaus County outside of the City of Modesto.
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