Assists the State’s Attorney in providing legal representation for Ward County involving the prosecution of criminal cases and legal representation in civil matters relating to the County and its entities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Prepares legal documents and tries felony, misdemeanor, and infraction criminal jury and bench trial, also non-criminal traffic violations. Also, prepares legal documents for over-weight truck cases, represents the County in some child-support actions.
  • Represent the County at various community involvements, law enforcement and legal boards. Perform legal research for the County and report findings to appropriate source.
  • Prepare briefs and argue appeals to North Dakota Supreme Court.
  • Prepare motions, briefs, and other pleadings, and try post-conviction relief matters.
  • Prepare search warrants for Narcotics Task Force and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Prepare, file and try civil asset forfeitures on seized property.
  • Provide legal assistance to law enforcement agencies. Present educational forms to law enforcement agencies. Act as liaison for various government and law enforcement agencies.
  • Draft criminal charging documents and file preparation.
  • File and prepare response briefs in suppression and dismissal motions.
  • Represent petitioner in Juvenile Court and mental health cases as assigned and attend Juvenile Court and mental health hearings.
  • Mentors other Assistant State’s Attorneys, law clerks and student interns. Acts as resource attorney for all legal staff.
  • Collaborates on setting policies and goals.
  • Oversees, participates and attends assigned projects and meetings.
  • Appear in District Court for various hearings and legal matters.
  • Present evidence in preliminary hearing involving felony charges.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or apparent.
  • Assess existing cases in light of post-charging evidence, research factual and legal issues that arise in cases, speak with victims and witnesses and consult with law enforcement.
  • Review investigative reports from law enforcement submitted for prosecution; determine sufficiency of evidence available to file charges.
  • Each week an attorney is designated as on-call. Persons may call that attorney from other agencies, e.g., law enforcement, for advice – usually on an urgent matter.
  • Negotiate with criminal defense attorneys through email, phone, and in-person discussions.