Description:

About the Position:
The District Attorney's Office is currently hiring three (3) full-time regular hire Deputy District Attorney III.

This position provides professional legal services in the preparation and prosecution of a variety of criminal and/or civil matters. Specifically, the position:
  • Advises law enforcement agencies in legal and evidentiary matters prior to the issuance of a complaint
  • Approves or refuses the issuance of criminal complaints and petitions
  • Reviews and prepares search and arrest warrants and supporting affidavits
  • Prepares both misdemeanor and felony cases for jury trial and prosecutes these cases
  • Interviews and advises complainants and witnesses
  • Negotiates dispositional offers with defense attorneys
  • Participates in reviews on criminal cases involving immigration and three strike issues
  • Handles criminal court calendars and motions
  • Researches, writes, and litigates pre-trial motions and does trial work for both misdemeanor and felony trial-teams
  • Provides research assistance to attorneys
  • Handles writ and appeal work including conducting hearings in both the superior court, appellate division, court of appeal, and supreme court
  • Researches and responds to post-conviction challenges

In addition, this position may also lead a unit, coordinate a small group of other attorneys, act as a team coordinator, and/or a trial attorney.

About You:
Our Highly Qualified Candidate has extensive criminal experience conducting jury trials and evidentiary hearings, as well as a background in legal research and writing, and appellate litigation. The candidate has experience interpreting emerging laws and is an experienced courtroom advocate.

Qualifications:
Knowledge of:
  • Criminal law and civil law.
  • Rules of evidence.
  • Trial and court procedures.
  • Legal principles and research methods commensurate with the level of experience of the class.
  • State and local laws and ordinances.
  • Legal research methods.
  • Preparation of briefs.
  • Standard legal office practices and procedures.
  • The duties, powers, and limitations of the District Attorney's office.
  • Prosecutorial ethics.
  • The principles and practices of supervision and training.
  • Juvenile justice programs and available community resources.

Ability to:
  • Interview a variety of individuals and solicit needed information to determine facts and circumstances.
  • Develop effective prosecution strategies.
  • Analyze cases and apply legal principles.
  • Present statements of law clearly and logically in written and verbal form.
  • Present an effective prosecution in court.
  • Prepare clear, concise, accurate and effective legal, policy, and procedural guidelines using sound independent judgment within established legal, policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Communicate logically and effectively with a diverse group of clients, witnesses, judges, law enforcement officials, other attorneys and employees of various agencies and departments.
  • Demonstrate patience, tact, courtesy, and compassion.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work cooperatively with colleagues to accomplish the policies and goals of the office.
  • Recognize and evaluate approaches to situations of a potentially sensitive nature.
  • Analyze legal principles and precedents and apply them to factual legal problems.
  • Present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form.
  • Draft opinions, pleadings, and briefs.
  • Communicate and cooperate with fellow staff members, agency representatives, judicial officers, and the general public.
  • Exercise independent judgment, discretion, and initiative, especially in the charging and plea negotiation of criminal violations and the application of limited law enforcement resources.
  • Comply with laws, regulations, and professional practices governing prosecution programs and services.
  • Work accurately and swiftly under pressure
  • Keep detailed and accurate records.
  • Travel to locations within and outside of the County to interview individuals, gather information, and attend training sessions and other job related meetings.
  • Compose and disseminate correspondence as required.
  • Independently manage a complex and heavy caseload.
  • Provide lead direction and consultation to lower level attorneys.
  • Assess incoming caseloads and organize, manage, and assign work accordingly.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Possession of Juris Doctor Degree.
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience as a Deputy District Attorney or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Jury Trial experience is highly desired.

Certificates and Licenses
Current active membership in the State Bar of California required.

Special Requirements: The selected candidate must pass a background investigation as required for employment in a law enforcement agency.