Criminal Lawyers: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:16)
Hugo Martinez represents the U.S. in criminal actions.
Criminal Lawyers: Career Beginnings (00:43)
Martinez was interested in law, having grown up in a family of police officers. He attended law school and gained experience as a state prosecutor before beginning his work with the federal government.
Criminal Lawyers: Keys for Success (01:07)
A lawyer needs to be able to think quickly, have good public speaking skills, and good writing skills. Many issues can be solved with good common sense.
Criminal Lawyers: Education and Certification Requirements (01:01)
To be work in the criminal law field you must go to law school and pass the State Bar. Get trial experience before going into criminal litigation.
Criminal Lawyers: Workplace Atmosphere (01:52)
Unlike private practice attorneys, who set their own hours and work alone, public defense and prosecuting attorneys work set hours, Monday through Friday and enjoy team support.
Criminal Lawyers: Advice for Aspiring Pros (00:53)
Martinez suggests, in addition to regular studies, go view a local trial to see a real courtroom in action.
Criminal Lawyers: A Day on the Job (02:07)
A day begins with reviewing files before spending a few hours on proceedings at the courthouse, followed by meetings with clients or law enforcement officials about new cases. The afternoon is spent preparing for the following day's cases.
Criminal Lawyers: Industry Goals and Services (00:52)
A prosecutor's job is to see that justice is served and to protect the rights of society and individuals, including those who have been accused of a crime.
Criminal Lawyers: Industry Challenges (00:49)
Criminals are using advances in technology to commit new types of crimes, forcing prosecutors to keep abreast of changes in order to try to stay one step ahead.
Criminal Lawyers: Looking at the Future (02:00)
Advances in technology will mean certain jobs of the future will be turned over to computers. Case filing and document creation will be easier. Finding and prosecuting internet criminals will be harder.
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