It is very alarming indeed how crime rates as well as business and family conflicts rise. This has resulted in the increased demand for persecutors.
The prosecutor is in charge of enforcing criminal laws and representing the victims of crime. Appointed by the government, he represents his clients in court, provides legal expertise, guidance in procedural handling, and prosecutes complex cases.
Duties and Responsibilities
Generally, it is the duty of the prosecutor to carry out any legal action or defend a person in any legal issues. He is selected by the government to represent the victim in the trial proceedings. It is the prosecutor who assures that lawbreakers are punished for their committed crimes by presenting legitimate facts, details and evidence.
Prosecutors work in the District Attorney’s Office. They are assigned to various crimes including drug-related, organized and economic crimes, murder and others. They are assigned by the court to represent those who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
The prosecutor should attend all hearings and other proceedings. He is responsible for the paper work, which includes doing investigations and making drafts of legal documents. He verifies medical files, organizes all files, and keeps track of the interrogations in both parties.
Other duties include keeping an open communication with the client by keeping him well informed with every aspect of the proceeding. As legal advisor, the prosecutor gives advice on legal issues. He should always follow the code of conduct and strongly fight for justice. He assures that the guilty are punished and the innocent freed.
Education and Skills
A prosecutor must possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree in law. Candidates should pass the Bar exam and should have a license before practice.
Assertiveness is an important character trait. Aspiring prosecutors should be assertive, have good reasoning skills, and aggressive of mind in order to achieve justice for his client. He should be alert and pay attention to details.
Excellent communication skills and confidence in public speaking is vital. A prosecutor should have the ability to listen and understand the client’s needs. This job requires a lot of reading, therefore a prosecutor should be very proficient in reading. He should always be equipped with the latest news and updates.
A prosecutor should be able to work with a variety of clients. He should be able to earn the respect and esteem of fellow lawyers, clients, judges and others. This job requires a lot of analysis. A prosecutor should have superior logical abilities, diligence, and ingenuity. Most importantly, he must be able to handle intricate cases and inimitable legal predicaments at all cost.
Work Conditions and Salary
Prosecutors are on call 24/7. There is no specific work schedule and working overtime as well as on weekends is expected. They are employed at all levels of government.
Salary depends on the government, the prosecutor’s education, and his years of work experience. Nevertheless, the average salary of a prosecutor would be around $25,000 to $50,000. Experienced prosecutors may make more than $100,000 annually.*
*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/