In some small towns, the city attorney is usually a lawyer in private practice and handles only governmental matters. In other towns or cities, they also prosecute minor crimes.
A city attorney generally handles all legal matters for the city, from traffic tickets to civil lawsuits to acting as a general counsel, giving legal advice for city departments.
Areas of focus may include:
- Civil claims against the city (such as claims against the city police department)
- Criminal - Prosecute misdemeanors and violations (felonies are usually prosecuted by a district attorney, state's attorney or commonwealth's attorney)
- Real estate - Drug/alcohol nuisances, substandard housing or code enforcement
- Local government in the United States
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