Public Prosecutor

Put accused criminals on trial as a Lawyer for the government.
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$75,000 – $165,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Public Prosecutors do?

As a Public Prosecutor, you represent the government in criminal and civil legal proceedings. When a person commits a crime, the Public Prosecutor presents the victim’s case as an Ambassador for the public good and the government. That’s why court cases that involve a Prosecutor are usually referred to as “People vs. …,” “State vs. …,” or “U.S. vs. …”

The Public Prosecutor makes all the arguments, calls witnesses, and presents evidence before the Judge and jury. However, though victims gain from the work that you do, and you sometimes take their feelings into account when you decide how to argue a case, always remember that they’re not your clients.

Regardless of your opinion, you must ensure that justice is served and innocent people do not go to jail. It’s not about having a perfect conviction record or being right all the time. If, during a trial, you come across evidence that seriously makes you question the accused’s guilt, you must reevaluate the state’s case, and drop charges if necessary. You’re also required to disclose this kind of evidence to Defense Lawyers even if it weakens your case.

Prosecutors also work closely with Police Officers, especially after a suspect has been identified. In this capacity, you help Detectives obtain search warrants so the evidence they collect can be used in court. Because you must prove cases beyond reasonable doubt, you also have to make sure there is enough evidence to file charges. Without proper evidence, a Judge may not grant a trial at all.

Should I be a Public Prosecutor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: City Solicitor

    How to become a Public Prosecutor

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