Raj Prasad has been an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office since 2005. He is assigned to the General Trials division as a Specially Assigned Attorney handling cases such as murder, armed robbery and extortion. In addition, Raj co-founded the office’s Animal Protection Unit (APU) in 2008 with APA Amy Slameka. The Animal Protection Unit has achieved a 98% conviction rate and is designed to combat the underground criminal community that breeds, trains, houses and sells fighting animals. Such criminal enterprises exist throughout Southeastern Michigan, where there is a high rate of recidivism among these criminals. The Animal Protection Unit assists in the investigation and prosecution of all crimes involving animals. In addition, the APU reviews warrant requests pertaining to animal cruelty and animal fighting as well as evaluates the criminal aspects of animals injured during the commission of other crimes such as home invasion and domestic violence.
The Animal Protection Unit can provide training to investigators and responding officers regarding animal abuse crime scenes. The seminars are designed to inform officers on how to properly identify and preserve evidence at crime scenes involving animal cruelty and animal fighting. Particularly, the seminars focus on identifying unique documentation of animal fighting and breeding, recognizing specific injuries that are consistent with animal fighting and drafting search warrants to be inclusive of all relevant evidence of animal fighting.
Raj is currently on the State Bar of Michigan’s Animal Law Section. He is the chairman of the Animal Law Section’s Prosecutor’s Committee and on its Legislative Committee. Prior to coming to Michigan, Raj was an Assistant State Attorney for five years in Tampa, Florida. Raj received his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Raj and his wife, Aditi, are proud owners of two Humane Society dogs, Han Solo and Scout.