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What is the difference between the Sparks City Attorney and the Washoe County District Attorney?

The Sparks City Attorney, like the Washoe County District Attorney are elected by the citizens to ensure fair and unbiased influences. The District Attorney prosecutes gross misdemeanors and felonies, which can carry several years of prison or jail sentences, including the death penalty for murder, as well as misdemeanor offenses occurring in the County. The Sparks City Attorney prosecutes misdemeanor offenses with adult defendants that occur within the City of Sparks. Misdemeanors are offenses that have a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. The most common misdemeanors are traffic offenses (including DUI), shoplifting, small amounts of illegal drugs, battery (including domestic violence) and violations of City Codes.