Closing Date: 13th February, 2023

Description:

I
Definition
Under general direction, to perform professional criminal legal work and legal research; to represent the District Attorney's Office on legal assignments; and to do related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This is the entry and training level in the professional Deputy District Attorney class series. Incumbents are expected to perform professional legal work and research with guidance and supervision from more experienced staff. This class differs from Deputy District Attorney II in that Deputy District Attorney II is the first experienced working level with incumbents performing a broader range of legal work under less supervision. Deputy District Attorney I incumbents will be expected to increasingly perform more complex work with less guidance. When an incumbent has demonstrated sufficient legal knowledge and skills and sound work habits, they may be promoted to the Attorney II level when meeting requisite experience requirements.

Reports To
District Attorney

Classifications Supervised
This is not a supervisory class.

Typical Physical Requirements
Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; lift and move objects weighing up to 25 lbs.; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment, including computer, telephone, calculator, copiers, and FAX.

Typical Working Conditions
Work is performed in an office environment; occasionally works outside; continuous contact with other staff.

II
Definition
Under general direction, to perform a variety of professional criminal legal work and legal research; to represent the District Attorney's Office on a variety of legal assignments; to plan and coordinate investigation for the prosecution of legal cases; and to do related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This is the first experienced working level in the professional Deputy District Attorney class series. Incumbents are expected to perform professional legal work and research with minimal guidance and supervision. This class differs from Deputy District Attorney I in that Deputy District Attorney I is the entry and training level with incumbents performing a narrower range of legal work under closer supervision. This class differs from Deputy District Attorney III in that Deputy District Attorney III is the advanced journey level with incumbents performing a broader range of the more complex legal and trial work, including specialized legal work. Deputy District Attorney III's may also provide administrative coordination and support for the work area in which they are assigned.

Reports To
District Attorney

Classifications Supervised
Incumbents may provide work direction and coordination for legal support staff.

Typical Physical Requirements
Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; lift and move objects weighing up to 25 lbs.; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment, including computer, telephone, calculator, copiers, and FAX.

Typical Working Conditions
Work is performed in an office environment; occasionally works outside; continuous contact with other staff.

III
Definition
Under general direction, to perform a variety of complex professional legal work and legal research; to represent the District Attorney's Office on assigned cases; to plan and coordinate investigation for the prosecution of legal cases; and to do related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This is the advanced journey level in the professional Deputy District Attorney class series. Incumbents are expected to perform the more complex professional legal work and research with minimal guidance and supervision. In addition, they may have administrative responsibility for coordinating legal services for an assigned area or work unit. This class differs from Deputy District Attorney II in that Deputy District Attorney III is the advanced journey level with incumbents performing a broader range of the more complex legal and trial work. Deputy District Attorney III's should perform the full range of legal services in an assigned Department or unit.

Reports To
District Attorney

Classifications Supervised
Incumbents may provide work direction and coordination for professional legal staff and legal support staff.

Typical Physical Requirements
Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; lift and move objects weighing up to 25 lbs.; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment, including computer, telephone, calculator, copiers, and FAX.

Typical Working Conditions
Work is performed in an office environment; occasionally works outside; continuous contact with other staff.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills
(The following is used as a partial description and is not restrictive as to duties required.)
I
  • Performs professional legal assignments and research
  • Performs criminal prosecutions for both misdemeanors and felonies Receives and reviews complaints, examining evidence, interviewing witnesses, investigating crime scenes, and reviewing police reports to determine if criminal prosecution is warranted
  • Authorizes and drafts criminal complaints, information, and other legal documents to support criminal prosecutions
  • Conducts pleadings, arraignments, pre-trial agreements, and other aspects of trial work
  • Appears in court, preparing and presenting cases at preliminary hearings, trials, and Grand Jury proceedings
  • Analyzes the facts of cases and legal precedents for preliminary hearing motions, stipulations, or waivers
  • Confers with judges and/or opposition attorneys regarding modifications, withdrawing charges, and changing charges
  • Negotiates case settlements
  • Provides briefings and oral arguments
  • Anticipates and prepares for legal reasoning of opposition attorneys Drafts jury instructions
  • Presents opening statements
  • Interrogates and cross examines witnesses
  • Argues points of law presents final arguments and summations
  • Reviews court records, analyzes evidence, and prepares appellate briefs
  • Works with local law enforcement agencies on cases
  • May be responsible for preparation of family support legal cases
  • Other duties as assigned

II
Performs a variety of professional legal assignments and research; performs criminal prosecutions for both misdemeanors and felonies; receives and reviews complaints, examining evidence, interviewing witnesses, investigating crime scenes, and reviewing police reports to determine if criminal prosecution is warranted; authorizes and drafts criminal complaints, information, and other legal documents to support criminal prosecutions; conducts pleadings, arraignments, pre-trial agreements, and other aspects of trial work; appears in court, preparing and presenting cases at preliminary hearings, trials, and Grand Jury proceedings; analyzes the facts of cases and legal precedents for preliminary hearing motions, stipulations, or waivers; confers with judges and/or opposition attorneys regarding modifications, withdrawing charges, and changing charges; negotiates case settlements; provides briefings and oral arguments; anticipates and prepares for legal reasoning of opposition attorneys; drafts jury instructions; presents opening statements; interrogates and cross examines witnesses; argues points of law; presents final arguments and summations; reviews court records, analyzes evidence, and prepares appellate briefs; works with local law enforcement agencies on cases; plans and coordinates investigations for gathering and preparing evidence for criminal cases; may be responsible for planning, coordination, and preparation of family support legal cases.

III
  • Performs a variety of the more complex professional legal assignments and research
  • May be assigned responsibility for an area of specialized legal services in a Department or work unit
  • Performs criminal prosecutions for both misdemeanors and felonies Receives and reviews complaints, examining evidence, interviewing witnesses, investigating crime scenes, and reviewing police reports to determine if criminal prosecution is warranted
  • Authorizes and drafts criminal complaints, information, and other legal documents to support criminal prosecutions
  • Conducts pleadings, arraignments, pre-trial agreements, and other aspects of trial work in court, preparing and presenting cases at preliminary hearings, trials, and Grand Jury proceedings
  • Analyzes the facts of cases and legal precedents for preliminary hearing motions, stipulations, or waivers
  • Confers with judges and/or opposition attorneys regarding modifications, withdrawing charges, and changing charges
  • Negotiates case settlements; provides briefings and oral arguments Anticipates and prepares for legal reasoning of opposition attorneys Drafts jury instructions
  • Presents opening statements
  • Interrogates and cross examines witnesses
  • Argues points of law
  • Presents final arguments and summations
  • Reviews court records, analyzes evidence, and prepares appellate briefs
  • Works with local law enforcement agencies on cases
  • Plans and coordinates investigations for gathering and preparing evidence for criminal cases
  • May be responsible for planning, coordination, and preparation of family support legal cases
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum qualifications & Requirements
Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
I
Completion of requisite legal training and eligibility for membership in the State Bar of California.

Special Requirements
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver's License.
  • Current membership in the State Bar of California must be achieved within six months of employment or appointment in this job class will be terminated.

II
Two years of professional work experience in performing criminal law work comparable comparable to that of an Deputy District Attorney I with San Benito County

Special Requirements
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver's License.
  • Current membership in the State Bar of California.

III
Two years of professional work experience in performing criminal law work comparable comparable to that of an Deputy District Attorney II with San Benito County.

Special Requirements
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver's License.
  • Current membership in the State Bar of California.

Supplemental information
I
Knowledge of:
  • Principles of Criminal, Constitutional, Civil, and Administrative Law. California codes and statutes applicable to criminal and civil law.
  • Judicial procedures and the rules of evidence.
  • Legal research methods.
  • Interviewing techniques.
  • Computers and software used in professional legal work.

Ability to:
  • Perform professional legal and legal research work.
  • Analyze facts and apply legal precedents and principles to assigned cases.
  • Prepare and present cases at all levels of the court system.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Prepare and present a variety of special reports.
  • Operate a computer and use appropriate software in the performance of professional legal work.
  • Effectively represent the District Attorney's Office with the public, courts, law enforcement agencies, and other government jurisdictions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.

II
Knowledge of:
  • Principles of Criminal, Constitutional, Civil, and Administrative Law.
  • California codes and statutes applicable to criminal and civil law.
  • Judicial procedures and the rules of evidence.
  • Legal research methods.
  • Interviewing techniques.
  • Computers and software used in professional legal work.

Ability to:
  • Perform professional legal and legal research work.
  • Analyze facts and apply legal precedents and principles to assigned cases.
  • Prepare and present cases at all levels of the court system.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Prepare and present a variety of special reports.
  • Operate a computer and use appropriate software in the performance of professional legal work.
  • Effectively represent the District Attorney's Office with the public, courts, law enforcement agencies, and other government jurisdictions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.

III
Knowledge of:
  • Principles of Criminal, Constitutional, Civil, and Administrative Law.
  • California codes and statutes applicable to criminal law.
  • Judicial procedures and the rules of evidence.
  • Legal research methods.
  • Interviewing techniques.
  • Computers and software used in professional legal work.

Ability to:
  • Perform professional legal and legal research work.
  • Maintain administrative responsibility for an assigned area of legal services.
  • Analyze facts and apply legal precedents and principles to assigned cases.
  • Prepare and present cases at all levels of the court system.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Prepare and present a variety of special reports.
  • Operate a computer and use appropriate software in the performance of professional legal work.
  • Effectively represent the District Attorney's Office with the public, courts, law enforcement agencies, and other government jurisdictions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.

In accordance with California Government Code section 3100, et., seq., all County of San Benito employees are considered disaster service workers who may be required to report for duty, or remain on duty to address disaster service activities in the event of an emergency or disaster and are required to undertake an applicable loyalty oath.