Assistant Prosecuting Attorney – Gratiot County

General Summary:

Under the direction of the Prosecuting Attorney and the Chief Assistant, reviews and authorizes requests for warrants, determines the appropriate charge(s) and prosecutes all misdemeanor and select felony criminal cases and all civil infractions for conduct occurring in Gratiot County.  Attempts to resolve and dispose of criminal cases/civil infractions or tries case in court. The APA serves as the prosecutor’s representative on treatment/specialty courts as assigned. 

Annual Salary Range: $79,891- $94,952

Essential Functions:

  1. Review adult warrant requests submitted by police agencies to determine whether charges should be issued based on interpretation of case law, relevant statutes, constitutional law, and evidentiary strengths and weaknesses. This also includes actively engaging with police agencies to give guidance on criminal investigations and analysis on complex legal issues.
  2. Represent the Prosecutor’s office in criminal trial practice in District and Circuit Courts involving adult offenders.  This includes, but is not limited to, reviewing all reports, analyzing evidentiary issues, researching all points of law, complying with discover, docket management, plea bargaining, writing motions, interviewing witnesses, planning trial strategy, preparing cases for trial, and advocating at preliminary examinations, pre-trial conferences, motion hearings, bench trials, jury trials, restitution hearings, and sentencing hearings.
  3. Conduct jury and non-jury trials and formal hearings.  This includes jury selection, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, admitting evidence, questioning witnesses, and cross-examining adverse witnesses.
  4. Complying with the Crime Victims’ Rights Act by notifying and consulting with victims on relevant legal authority, sentencing guidelines, plea negotiations and compiling restitution.
  5. Prepare search warrants for police agencies before and after initiation of criminal proceedings.
  6. Represent the Prosecutor’s office in appellate matters.  Appearing on appellate cases requires proficiency in legal research and writing in order to prepare or respond to appellate motions and briefs in Circuit Court, Michigan Court of Appeals, and Michigan Supreme Court.  Appearing before those courts to argue any legal, factual or constitutional issues on behalf of the people.
  7. Handle the above-mentioned duties and responsibilities as special prosecutor for cases originating outside Gratiot County as appointed or directed by the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM).
  8. Serve as the on-call assistant prosecutor for law enforcement agencies during non-business hours when directed to do so by the Prosecuting Attorney or the Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.  On call duties include providing answers to legal questions, drafts and/or approves search warrants, and reviews all in custody felony warrants on weekends and holidays.
  9. Coach and mentor less experienced Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Law Degree from an accredited law school
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan
  • Member in good standing of the Michigan State Bar
  • Knowledge of Michigan law, court rules, rules of evidence, and rules of professional conduct.

Physical Requirements

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 case management and presentation.