Assistant United States Attorney
An Assistant United States Attorney, colloquially known as a federal prosecutor, is a official position working for the federal government of the United States in the U.S. Department of Justice, assigned to a local district of the U.S. Attorney's Office under the supervision of the regional U.S. Attorney. In 2008, there were approximately 5,300 Assistant United States Attorneys employed by the U.S. Government. Though colloquially known as "prosecutors", not all Assistant U.S. Attorneys work in Criminal Divisions, and may work in Civil, Appellate, or other divisions. As of 2014[update] they earned a starting base salary of $50,287, adjusted significantly for local cost of living.
Assistant United States Attorneys working in a criminal division generally handle large case loads, however, as most federal prosecutions end in plea bargains, they will typically only try between two and six cases annually.
Special Assistant United States Attorneys are unpaid volunteers; the positions carry the same duties as Assistant United States Attorneys but are aimed at young lawyers seeking "professional credibility".
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