Assistant Prosecuting Attorney I - Lapeer County

General Summary

Under the supervision of the Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and a higher classified Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, reviews and authorizes requests for warrants, determines the appropriate charge and prosecutes criminal cases. Regularly presents criminal cases in court, may be assigned some felony cases, and assists with other matters as assigned. Attempts to resolve and dispose of criminal cases or tries case in court.

Salary: 

Up to $96,628.94 plus medical, pension etc.

Essential Functions

  1. Reviews criminal warrant requests from State and local law enforcement agencies, analyzes police reports, collects input from the law enforcement officer[s], researches the law as necessary to determine applicable statutes, and determines whether adequate grounds exist to authorize a warrant. Makes charging decisions under the oversight of a higher classified prosecutor.
  2. Researches and prepares criminal cases for trial, motion, sentencings and other proceedings. Includes the research of applicable law, interviewing victims and witnesses and investigating claims, developing trial strategies, and directing enforcement officers in further investigations.
  3. Appears in court for arraignments, motions, trials, sentencing and other proceedings to represent the Prosecutor. Selects jury, 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. Attempts to resolve and dispose of pending criminal cases by conferring with attorneys, police agencies, and parties involved in order to reach agreement on pleas and potential sentences.
  5. Drafts motions, briefs and other legal documents.
  6. Initiates and responds to legal motions and evidentiary hearings in misdemeanor and felony prosecutions.
  7. 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.
  8. Represents the office on juvenile/probate matters including child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, and mental commitment cases. Includes review of juvenile petitions, case research, investigation, victim/witness preparation, and presentation in court. Includes waivers of juveniles into the adult system and the representation of complainants in mental petitions.
  9. Researches legal issues through the use of computer technology and local resources.
  10. Reviews requests for search warrants and authorizes warrants as appropriate.
  11. Serves in an on-call status to respond to request for arrest and search warrants.
  12. Performs other functions of an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney II in a training/development capacity.

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.

Employment Qualifications

Education: Law degree from an accredited law school.

Experience: Prefer some criminal law experience.

Other Requirements: Licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan. Basic Prosecutor training offered by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Coordinating Council.

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.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Worker’s Compensation Code: 8820

Occupational Employment Statistical Code: 28108

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 and working conditions. 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.
  • Ability to remove books and other reference materials from bookshelves and transport to worksite.
  • Prolonged sitting and standing while in the courtroom.
  • Ability to carry briefcase, files and legal volumes to courtrooms.

Working Conditions

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

To apply, send resume to: jmiller@lapeercounty.org

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