If the person who defends the defendant is a criminal defence lawyer, what type of lawyer defends the opposite of the defendant?
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A governmental representative prosecutes a criminal case against one who is then defended by counsel. The prosecutor may be called that, a township attorney or something else. However, the idea is the same which is that government represents the interests of the society at large in a criminal matter.
The opposite of the defendant is the complaining witness or "victim." They are free to retain their own lawyers and sometimes do. They are known as victim advocate lawyers. However, the opposite of the criminal defense lawyer is the prosecutor who prosecutes the case on behalf of the people.
I agree with Atrorney Conkright. If you are looking to have a crime prosecuted you should start by filing a police report.
Your question leaves me unclear about what information you are looking for. In a criminal prosecution, the opposing side of the case is a governmental body, such as the State of Michigan, a city, a township or the United States of American (in a federal case.) The complaining witness or alleged victim often works closely with the prosecuting attorney. In that capacity, the prosecutor does not "defend" or represent the victim. Any witness can retain counsel. The common examples of this are instances where there are custody issues at stake, where there is a car accident and the person is involved in a lawsuit, or instances where the witness is concerned about being prosecuted and is considering taking the fifth. If you think you need representation, you should probably start by consulting confidentially with a criminal defense attorney and see if you can figure out what type of attorney you really need. In any event, I don't recommend posting the facts on any internet page.
In answering this question, it is not intended that an attorney-client relationship is formed and the information is for general reference only. I am licensed in Michigan and Florida and offer no legal advice outside of those states.