Assistant state attorneys are members of law enforcement. They conduct criminal prosecutions on behalf of the state or city attorney's office. However, there are various specialties. As an assistant state attorney, you could decide to specialize in either civil or criminal law. Primarily, one of your duties is to review every piece of evidence in a specific criminal case and decide if or not to continue with a criminal prosecution against the defendant. Also, you are to manage every phase of criminal investigations, such as witness testimonies and grand jury subpoenas.
Provision of immediate and effective representation to illiterate, uncooperative clients is also a part of your duties. In addition, you are also to handle petty crime and so many bench trials. It is expected that you coordinate the representation of bulky caseloads with support staff and other attorneys. You are also to maintain communication with victims and their family members throughout the case process.
Usually, as an assistant state attorney, you must major in law. Nonetheless, you could also study political science or criminal justice. You are to have at least a bachelor's degree in any of these fields, even though 49% of attorneys have a doctoral degree. You will make an average of $62,621 in a year.