Assistant Prosecuting Attorney – Eaton County

General Summary

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.  As an experienced Assistant Prosecutor, independently manages the felony docket of a Circuit Court, as well as District and Probate Court matters as necessary, and may be assigned some of the more complex or sensitive cases.  

Attempts to resolve and dispose of criminal cases or tries case in court.  May serve as project director for child support, sexual assault or other target areas.

Employees hired after or employed as of February 1, 2023, are eligible to receive a retention stipend of $2,500 if they remain employed through January 31, 2024.   

Starting pay is dependent on an applicants relevant experience.
Essential Functions

  1. Reviews criminal warrant requests from State and local law enforcement agencies, analyzes police  reports,  collects  input  from  the  law  enforcement  officers(s),  researches  the  law  as necessary to determine applicable statutes and determines whether adequate grounds exist to authorize a warrant.
  2. Researches and prepares criminal cases for trial, motions, 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 investigation.
  3. Appears in court for arraignments, motions, trials, sentencings, and other proceedings to represent the Prosecutor.  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.
  4. 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 instructions to police agencies.
  5. Attempts to resolve and dispose of pending criminal cases by conferring with attorneys and parties involved in order to reach agreement on pleas and potential sentences.
  6. Drafts motions, briefs and other legal documents.
  7. Researches the more difficult legal issues through the use of Westlaw and other research sources.  Assists other Assistant Prosecutors in resolving difficult legal questions.
  8. Reviews requests for search warrants and authorizes warrants as appropriate.
  9. Researches and renders opinions on a wide range of legal issues involving the County and advises county agencies and departments on legal issues.
  10. Serves  in  an  on-call  status  to  respond  to  request  for  arrest  and  search  warrants.   Includes responding to police requests for search warrants for blood from suspected drunk drivers and review of lodged charging requests on weekends and holidays.

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.


  1. May be designated to prosecute criminal sexual conduct cases involving minor child victims.  Such prosecution will involve meeting with and preparing child victims to testify in court proceedings.  It will also necessitate extensive knowledge of the forensic interviewing protocol and observation of forensic interviews of child victims. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Law degree from an accredited law school.
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan.
  • In good standing with the Michigan State Bar.
  • 2-3 years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney or a closely related capacity.
  • Extensive criminal trial experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of Michigan law, court rules, and rules of evidence.

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.Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

Physical Requirements [This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description.  These include, but are not limited to, the following requirements.  Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements]:

  • Ability to access all courtrooms within the County.
  • Prolonged sitting and standing while in the courtroom.
  • Proficient in the use of computers and other technological devices for file management and case presentation.

Working Conditions:

  • Works in office and courtrooms.
  • Exposure to individuals charged and/or convicted of a variety of criminal offenses.

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