Compare and Contrast


Compareand Contrast



Prosecutorsand defense attorneys work on criminal cases. Although the twolawyers play different roles in the court system, they share somesimilarities. The first similarity is that their responsibilities areto protect their clients. Prosecutors seek to protect the victims bykeeping justice fair. They try to prove that the accused are guilty.Similarly, the defense attorneys defend the accused and demonstratetheir innocence (Garland, 2011). They ensure that the truth prevailso that no one is prosecuted unjustly. The other similarity is thatthey both complete the same levels of education. They must attendundergraduate programs, doctorate degrees, legal writings and passbar examinations in order to become law practitioners.

Thethird similarity is that both lawyers perform similar jobs in thesociety and that is protecting individuals whether guilty or innocent(Wolf, 2010). Individuals give these lawyers a chance to fight fortheir rights in courts. In the absence of prosecutor and defenseattorneys, the rights of citizens could be infringed because no onecould defend what the judges already know.

Onthe other hand, the attorneys contrast in particular fields. Thefirst difference is on their responsibilities. The duties ofprosecutors are to charge criminals and to convict them in courtwhile that of defense attorneys is to protect the suspects bypreventing their conviction. The other difference is on theirpotential employers. Prosecuting attorneys are employed by thegovernment (Garland, 2011). They work for the state by investigatingand determining what charges to file to the court and when to dropcases. Contrary, defense attorneys work for private individuals andorganizations and at times on their firms. Their work is to defendthose charged with crimes.

Theother important distinction is on investigation and exposure. Lawenforcement personnel do investigations and disclosure ofprosecutor`s evidence. The evidence is disclosed to help charge theaccused (Wolf, 2010). Contrary, the defense attorneys conduct theirindependent investigations. In circumstances where the evidence issophisticated and needs evaluation, they involve independent expertswho are not allowed to disclose it to third parties.


Garland,N. M. (2011).Criminalevidence(6thed.).New York, NY: McGraw-Hill

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Wolf,K. M. (2010). Californiacourts and judges.Costa Mesa, CA: James Pub.