Assistant City Attorney Salary
The average salary for an Assistant City Attorney is $74,181 per year.
Job Description for Assistant City Attorney
An assistant city attorney is a lawyer who prosecutes cases in local court, typically assisting the main city attorney or prosecutor. They are generally responsible for trying smaller cases and/or handling regular traffic or misdemeanor dockets. The city or district attorney may use assistant city attorneys to assist on larger cases as well, with the assistant organizing evidence, scheduling and conducting interviews, and facilitating open communication between the prosecutor's office and any defense attorneys. Other tasks that may be performed by the assistant city attorney include ensuring subpoenas are served, ensuring witnesses are interviewed and participating in the jury selection process. If a particular area of a case falls within an assistant city attorney's specialization, he or she may present parts of the case or perform cross examinations as well.Read More...
In larger communities, a city attorney may have an entire team of assistant city attorneys who report to him or her, and assistant attorneys complete rotations - for example, representing the city in traffic court or prosecuting smaller misdemeanors or non-violent felonies. The assistant city attorney acts as the prosecutor in such cases, and he or she makes deals and settlements with defendants as needed to help maintain as efficient a court docket as possible.
An assistant city attorney must have a law degree and pass their state's bar examination. Many lawyers beginning a career in a criminal law specialty start by working in this role. An assistant city attorney should expect to work long hours throughout the week; that time is typically spent in an office, but courtroom work and field visits for interviews may also be required.
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