The solicitor generals in this state are charged with the responsibility of prosecuting misdemeanor cases. A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is punishable by not more than 12 months in custody. District Attorneys are responsible for prosecuting all felony offenses. A felony is punishable by more than 1 year in custody and includes everything from shoplifting to death penalty cases. Not all jurisdictions have both solicitor and district attorney’s offices. Some only have District attorneys who are responsible for handling both misdemeanor and felony cases.