Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Charlotte, MI
Full Time
Practice Areas: NA
  • Under the direction of the Prosecuting Attorney and the Chief Assistant, reviews and authorizes requests for warrants, determines the appropriate charge and prosecutes criminal cases. Presents criminal cases in the District Court and Circuit Court as well as Family Court and Probate Court matters. Attempts to resolve and dispose of criminal cases or tries case in court.
  • Must attach a legal writing sample and cover letter when applying.

Essential Functions:
  • Reviews criminal charging requests from State and local law enforcement agencies, analyzes police reports and other records related to investigation files, consults with law enforcement officer(s) and victims, researches the law as necessary to determine applicable statutes, and determines whether adequate grounds exist to authorize a criminal complaint.
  • Researches and prepares criminal cases for trial, motion, sentencings and other proceedings. Includes the research of applicable law, interviewing witnesses and investigating claims, developing trial strategies and directing law enforcement officers in further investigations.
  • Appears in all county courts for arraignments, motions, trials, sentencings and other proceedings to represent the Prosecuting Attorney. Selects juries, presents arguments, examines and cross examines witnesses, introduces physical exhibits, confers with Judge and defense counsel on points of law and procedure, and argues factual conclusions to a Judge or jury.
  • Works cooperatively with law enforcement officers from various agencies to ensure investigation and reporting of assigned cases are accomplished in accordance with professional and judicial rules and standards. Provides advice and instruction to police agencies.
  • Attempts to resolve and dispose of pending criminal or delinquency cases justly by conferring with attorneys and parties involved in order to reach agreement on pleas and potential sentences. All plea bargaining is subject to office policies and procedures.
  • Drafts motions, briefs and other legal documents in all courts.
  • Assists the prosecutor in all Family and Probate Court matters, including abuse, neglect, delinquency and mental commitment cases. Includes review of juvenile petitions, case research, investigation and presentation in court.
  • Reviews requests for search warrants and approves warrants as appropriate for presentation to a judge or magistrate.
  • Researches and renders opinions on a wide range of legal issues involving the County and advises county agencies and departments on legal issues.
  • Assists in the preparation and presentation of appeals of cases from the District and Family Courts.
  • Prepares statistical reports for the Prosecutor.
  • Serves in an on-call status to review charge requests and search warrants outside of regular office hours. Includes responding to police requests for search warrants for blood from suspected drunk drivers.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.
  • Must be able to work on-site at the offices of the Prosecuting Attorney.

Other Functions:
  • At-will position. Serves at the pleasure of the Prosecuting Attorney. MCL 49.35.
  • This list may not be inclusive of the total scope of job functions to be performed. Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or modified at any time.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Law degree from an accredited law school.
  • Prefer some criminal law experience.
  • Prefer excellent research and writing skills. Legal writing example(s) and cover letter required with job application.
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan in good standing.
  • Valid driver's license.

The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description. The qualifications should not be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as general guidelines that should be considered along with other job-related selection or promotional criteria.

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