A Government Entity's Office is hiring for Criminal Deputy Attorney. We are looking for an Individual who has a passion working for government and want to make a positive impact in the community.

Position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed weekly.

The County Attorney/Public Administrator Office employs a variety of staff including seven Deputy County Attorneys and a Victim/Witness Coordinator. The office is divided into criminal and civil divisions:

Criminal Division:
The Criminal Division prosecutes felony offenses committed within A Government Entity, and misdemeanor offenses committed within the county, but outside the City Of Helena. Generally, the office does not investigate criminal offenses and only prosecutes cases referred to it by law enforcement agencies such as the A Government Entity Sheriff, the Helena City Police Department, the East Helena Police Department and the Montana Highway Patrol. In addition, the office accepts referrals of criminal matters from a variety of state and federal law enforcement agencies. The Criminal Division also prosecutes persons under the age of 18 in Youth Court.

The Criminal Division represents the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in A Government Entity in proceedings involving the enforcement of Child Abuse or Neglect laws.

Civil Division:
The Civil Division is responsible for providing legal advice to the County Commissioners, all county departments and to many of the county's sub-jurisdictions such as school, fire, conservation, and weed districts.

The Civil Division handles involuntary commitments for those who are "seriously mentally ill" and assists the state with involuntary commitment for those who are "seriously developmentally disabled" who are residents of the county.

The division performs the County Attorney's duties as Public Administrator of the estates of persons who die without any heirs or to help protect persons with incapacities who need help.

The Civil Division also helps a variety of state agencies in the enforcement of various regulations and civil matters such as the collection of back wages.

Qualifications – Deputy Attorney I
  • Degree from an accredited law school and licensed by the State of Montana to practice law;
  • At least two (2) years' experience as a practicing attorney is preferred; public sector experience is preferred.

Candidates not licensed by the State of Montana will be considered for this position. If hired, they would perform duties that do not require them to be a licensed attorney. Employment continuation is contingent on becoming a licensed attorney within the allotted time determined. The pay rate would be lower than the advertised amount above. Once licensed, the pay rate would be that of the Deputy County Attorney I.

  • Prosecutes criminal and civil cases in Justice and District Court;
  • Represents the County in various courtroom proceedings, including jury trials, bench trials, omnibus hearings, motions hearings, summary judgment hearings, and other pre-trial hearings;
  • Reviews police reports and witness statements;
  • Files criminal charges;
  • Drafts and responds to motions;
  • Negotiates plea agreements;
  • Conducts legal research;
  • Interviews witnesses;
  • Prepares legal documents, briefs, and opinions;
  • Reviews investigations involving child abuse and neglect;
  • Prepares and prosecutes civil cases involving child abuse and neglect;
  • Pursues negotiations and presents cases in District Court, in accordance with the Uniform Child Support Enforcement Act;
  • Attends meetings with legal personnel, law enforcement personnel, and elected officials;
  • Confers with and advises other public agencies on relative legal matters;
  • Works with the Montana Attorney General on cases before the Montana Supreme Court;
  • Advises county government officials on civil matters;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Examples of Knowledge
  • Montana statutes and Montana Code Annotated;
  • State Supreme Court decisions, attorneys general opinions, and Montana case law;
  • A Government Entity regulations;
  • A Government Entity Personnel Policies and Procedures;
  • County Attorney's office policies and procedures;
  • Federal laws;
  • Standards for civil and criminal procedures;
  • District and Justice Court procedures.

Examples of Skills & Abilities
  • Use common office machines;
  • Operate computer systems and related software, including word processing and spreadsheet programs;
  • Audio/video editing;
  • Analyze and interpret legal documents;
  • Make defensible judgments relative to complex and sensitive factual situations;
  • Determine when an issue becomes a matter of public policy;
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Follow verbal and written instructions;
  • Establish effective working relationships with judges, attorneys, fellow employees, county agencies and citizens.

Special Requirements:
Position requires regular visits to other sites. Position is subject to a criminal background check prior to hire and thereafter to assure ongoing ability to access CJIN as prescribed by CJIN/NCIC policies. Position requires occasional on-call duty at night and on weekends.

Physical Demands:
Duties are generally performed in an office environment where hazards and discomforts are controlled and modifiable. This position requires the ability to bend at the waist, kneel, reach over the head, talk, hear, and see. Must be able to occasionally move or lift documents and materials weighing up to 20 pounds.