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Assistant District Attorney Job Description

An assistant district attorney, also called a deputy district attorney, or prosecutor, represents the people of the county he works at by determining if somebody faced with criminal charges has enough evidence to justify opening a case against him or her. In this regard, he will seek jail or prison time if the defendant is found guilty. With a salary of upwards over $100,000, it is a lucrative career, but high stress, and it requires a lot of work. The assistant district attorney works under the district attorney. He interviews victims and witnesses in criminal cases, evaluating the evidence surrounding the crime. To become an assistant DA, the attorney must have no felony criminal background, and even misdemeanor convictions are scrutinized. Assistant DA's are held to a high moral standard. He or she will do most of their work in their office and in the courtroom. Office work is a key part of this job, as the prosecutor works with the DA in handling policy and procedure, implementing decisions, preparing and submitting periodic managerial reports, monitoring budgets, and so forth. They are often on-call 24 hours a day. Most prosecutors start out at $50,000 to $80,000.Those who have 20 years of experience can earn over $100,000.

Here are a few sample assistant district attorney job descriptions:

First Assistant District Attorney

The candidate must have 4-5 years of trial experience.

Assistant District Attorney

The candidate will involve working both civil and criminal cases. Must demonstrate ability to work both independently and with a team. Including supervision of support staff. Applicant must be fluent both in English and Spanish.

Assistant District Attorney - Felony Criminal Prosecution

The candidate will serve in intake and following through on all drug cases to trial, and managing the BPU Grant. Will assist with other tasks as assigned. Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. A JD or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school required. Felony trial in Texas experience preferred. Should have 3+ years of work experience as a prosecuting attorney. Ability to speak and/or read Spanish preferred.

Assistant District Attorney / Border Prosecutor

The candidate will be involved and receive experience in all aspects of felony prosecution, including: case intake, preparation and presentation of cases to grand juries in five counties, pre-trial, jury trials, bench trials, and appeals. Travel within the District will be required. Should be a graduate of an accredited law school and currently licensed to practice law in Texas. Should preferably have 3-5 years of prosecutorial experience.

Assistant District Attorney

The candidate should be an entry-level prosecutor to serve as an Assistant District Attorney in the Children and Elderly Protective Services division. Under the direction from the elected District Attorney, provides direct representation in court in legal cases for both Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services before the CPS Associate Court, County Courts at Law, and District Courts. Serves as a liaison to Child Protective and Adult Protective Services and provides direct guidance to case worker(s) and State administrative staff.

Assistant District Attorney

The candidate should have a Juris Doctorate degree. Must be a member in good standing with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Must possess a valid Pennsylvania driver's license and pass a background investigation.

Assistant District Attorney

The candidate will handle felony criminal matters. Assist on the entire spectrum from intake, to jury trial, and through appeal. Trial skills, case analysis, and plea negotiation skills are required. Include any duties assigned, and may include revocation hearings, asset seizures and forfeitures, bond forfeitures, etc.

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