Reporting directly the Lead Prosecutor of County Court at Law, the Intake Criminal Prosecutor is primarily responsible for all adult misdemeanor intake, case screening, case filing and representing the state in Justice of the Peace and County Court at Law proceedings. Process includes screening new cases, making charging and filing decision and conducting legal research as needed.
The vacancy related to this posting is grant-funded through December 2024.
Examples of Work Performed:
- Performs case intake, screens and follow up investigations to include reviewing police reports and evidence submitted by law enforcement agencies.
- Drafts investigative requests for additional evidence, decides on a charging decision and file charging instruments with the court.
- Performs legal research by reading State statutes and codes, analytical books, on line case research utilizing LexisNexis and specialized practice guides.
- Drafts legal documents such as motions, pleadings, orders, plea paperwork, legal memos, search warrants, and administrative documents utilizing Microsoft Office software and the County database.
- Represents the State in Justice Peace Courts which includes travelling to Justice Peace Court on a weekly basis to process all criminal cases set for a pre-trial or trial hearing, negotiating with defense attorneys and pro-se defendants, and representing the State in bench and jury trials.
- Represents the State in County Courts at Law. Ensures responsibilities for announcement and plea dockets to include handling cases in the court room that have been set on the court's docket. Discusses cases with Defense Attorneys and Adult Probation Officers. Files court documents and responds to the Judge's questions and requests.
- Prepares and conducts contested court hearings to include reviewing evidence, interviewing witnesses, preparing trial motions, responding to defense motions, preparing trial exhibits and conducting the actual hearing itself (I.e. jury selection, opening statements, witness examination and closing arguments).
- Ensures responsibility for plea negotiations and correspondence with Defense Attorneys to include reviewing evidence, reading criminal histories and police reports, submitting plea offers, negotiating specific terms and conditions, and responding to discovery requests.
- Interviews and communicates with victims and witnesses via telephone and in person by answering questions regarding the criminal justice system.
- Represents the State in truancy litigation, which involves screening truancy cases, filing truancy petitions, and representing the State in Truancy Court hearings.
- Communicates with County personnel, elected officials, judges, defense attorneys, victims and witnesses of crime, law enforcement agencies, and the general public.
- Readily complies with departmental and county-wide policies and procedures.
- Performs related special projects as assigned.
- The physical demands and environmental factors listed below as well as regular attendance are also essential functions for this position.
- Reports directly to – Lead Prosecutor of County Court at Law
- Direct Reports – No
- Position involves prolonged sitting at a workstation, prolonged reading, visual examination of documents, reaching, walking, twisting, bending, repetitive motions and standing
- Position involves occasional lifting and carrying of up to fifty (50) pounds and exertion of up to twenty-five (25) pounds of force to move objects
- Frequent communication to other County employees and outside agencies in a high-volume County Attorney's Office.
- Work is primarily indoors in an air-conditioned office / courtroom
- Some travel may be required to various County offices and locations
- High stress, pressure of deadlines and case management under limited time constraints
- Interaction with persons accused or convicted of crimes
- Doctorate of Jurisprudence from an accredited law school
- Admission into the State Bar of Texas or ability to gain admission by date of hire
- Strong organizational skills and a proven ability to maintain accurate, detailed and confidential records
- Strong analytical and communication skills are essential to effectively and objectively advise and/or interact with personnel and external agencies on legal matters
- Ability to exhibit a high level of confidentiality and integrity while handling sensitive matters
- Demonstrate a high level of initiative and responsibility and work independently
- Ability to work under pressure in a high-volume office, produce accurate work, and meet established deadlines
- Possess or obtain a valid Texas driver's license within 30 days of hire
- Possess and maintain a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record
Employment is contingent on passing any post-offer pre-employment screening as listed below:
- Criminal background check: Yes
- Motor Vehicle Record check: Yes
- Drug screening: No
- Physical exam: No
- Psychological exam: No
- Additional: N/A
Work outside of the regular office hours (Monday-Friday) may be required
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position. This job description is subject to change as the needs and requirements of the job change.
Tobacco Free Workplace Policy
Williamson County is a tobacco free workplace. The use of tobacco and non-tobacco products such as vapor, e-cigarettes and the use of chewing tobacco or like products is prohibited on all Williamson County premises. Employees who violate this policy are subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
Williamson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). If you require an accommodation in order to apply for a position, please request assistance from the Human Resources Department.