Assistant State's Attorney

  • 309 W Market St, Jonesboro, IL 62952, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Union County Government - The Assistant State’s Attorney position will include the prosecution of criminal complaints, including case preparation and court appearances, trial presentations and appeals.  Also included may be assignments to Juvenile Court and mental health proceedings, child protection cases, and providing legal consultations to certain local government officials.

Job Description

Prepare criminal complaints by reviewing reports, interviewing police officers, preparing pleadings, preparing motions, and responding to defense motions.

Represent the State at initial appearances, bond hearings, arraignments, preliminary hearings, extradition hearings, pretrial conferences.

Prepare and make oral presentations.

Represent the State in criminal trials by preparing and responding to motions, preparing witnesses, organizing exhibits and presentation at trial.

Represent the petitioner at mental health commitment proceedings by reviewing petitions, consulting with petitioners and presenting at hearings.

Engage in correspondence, phone conversations and meetings with defense attorneys, other government agencies, judges, law enforcement officers, and others regarding cases handled by the State’s Attorney Office.

Work with Social Services by providing general legal consultation and opinions, particularly regarding child protection cases.

Respond to inquiries by County officials on matters of governmental operations and represent them in court actions.

Visit crime scenes, examine surrounds, and be available to assist in obtaining search warrants.


Graduate from an accredited law school.

Licensing by the Illinois Supreme Court required.

Knowledge of the legal system, the laws of the State of Illinois and judicial system rules, particularly in the area of criminal law is preferred.

Skill in written and oral communication, particularly in formal, oral presentations.

Skill in analyzing complex information in the preparation and prosecution of criminal complaints.

Skill in preparation of all papers filed with the courts and in independently initiating and following through with all details necessary for the successful preparation and completion of cases and work assigned.

Ability to work closely and cooperatively with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances, often in highly emotional situations; to successfully coordinate many details at one time; to work under intense pressure related to time and deadlines as well as high emotions; to remain current on changes in court rules and procedures and changes in the laws; to be flexible in circumstances which can change rapidly.

Ability to learn and effectively use the County’s computer software, organize assigned work and perform work productively, learn and effectively use new methods, procedures, and technologies in carrying out the functions of the position.

Ability to work cordially and effectively with victims and witnesses, defense attorneys, co-workers, law enforcement, service agencies, public officials, and the public.

Strong work ethics.

Additional Information

$39,500.00 salary plus a comprehensive benefits package: IMRF, medical, dental, life insurance, vacation days, sick days, personal days

Please submit the following documents:

Cover Letter


One Letter of Recommendation

One Legal Writing Sample (Not to exceed 10 pages)


Please send the documents to the following address:

Union County Government

Attn: Human Resource Director

309 West Market Street

Room 113

Jonesboro, IL 62952


Union County Government is an equal opportunity employer.