Description:Under the direction of the Chief Public Defender, the Deputy Public Defender provides criminal defense to indigent defendants in the courts of Allen County, Indiana as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Indiana Constitution and Indiana state law. This position is covered under the Circuit Court Employee Handbook. This is an employee-at-will position.
This position offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package which includes:
- Medical, dental, vision and more available first day of employment
- Longevity pay increases: 6 months, 1, 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20 years
- Retirement plan with up to 5% matching
- Generous paid time off and holidays
- Paid time off received after 30, 60 & 180 days
- Gym membership and Wellness reimbursements available through insurance
- Works directly with defendant and maintains regular contact with clients through correspondence, phone calls, and in person meetings, while upholding ethical duties of loyalty and confidentiality.
- Responsible for representing defendants during criminal investigative proceedings.
- Represents defendants in all court appearances, including pretrial discovery, withdraw pleas, and suppression notices.
- Works with support staff to provide effective and high quality legal representation to accused indigent people facing felony or misdemeanor charges, juvenile adjudication, and mental health commitments.
- Attends post-trial sentencing hearings for clients who negotiate plea bargains or are found guilty in trial.
- Files appeals when errors are found in court proceedings which prevented the defendant from having a fair trial.
- Performs all other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements and Working ConditionsRequirements:
- Graduation from an ABA accredited school of law
- Valid Indiana license to practice law
- Excellent written and communication skills
- Ability to handle multiple priorities and a large volume of work
- Minimum of two years of experience in criminal litigation
- Must have prior experience as lead or co-counsel in no fewer than two felony jury trials that went to verdict or one felony jury trial and one Indiana Public Defender Commission approved trial practice course
Valid Indiana license to practice law