Description:

Job Summary:
Participates in the prosecution of criminal law violations in the judicial district. Conducts criminal felony trials. Drafts and responds to legal motions. Researches legal issues. Analyzes cases for prosecution. Prepares and presents witnesses at preliminary hearings. Reviews criminal cases for proper disposition. Presents facts to support appropriateness of sentencing. Prosecutes probation violations on behalf of the State. Represents the State on post-conviction remedy motions. Researches and prepares appellate briefs for the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.

Essential Duties
Essential Job Functions:
(The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. Mesa County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time. All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)
  • Analyze self-defense claims for credibility of witnesses and other facts in case; make plea offers.
  • Ensure that victims are properly notified of court hearings, and that their input is solicited on case dispositions pursuant to the Victim Rights Act.
  • Draft deferred judgment and sentence plea agreements.
  • Review new cases filed and evaluate factual situations and apply legal principles to determine if the facts constitute a crime.
  • Prepares for criminal felony@ trials, including jury selection, preparation, presentation, and cross-examination of witnesses, presentation and argument of instructions of law to the courts and juries, and argument of cases to juries.
  • Drafts and responds to legal motions; represents the State in contested hearings on felony criminal cases; argues factual issues as well as constitutional issues and presents law supporting the arguments; prepares and presents witnesses in support of facts and legal issues.
  • Researches legal issues involved in the arrest and prosecution of criminal offenders; researches arrest issues, search and seizure issues, and issues involving the constitutional rights of citizens and the authority of law enforcement; also researches procedural issues for processing criminal offenders through the judicial system to conviction.
  • Analyzes cases presented by law enforcement in terms of factual strength and whether or not legal issues will result in the loss of evidence; determines what, if any, investigation is needed to prove the case legally and factually and ensures that investigation is completed; drafts charges and files in court.
  • Prepares and presents witnesses at preliminary hearings; makes arguments concerning facts and laws to support further prosecution of charges.
  • Reviews and evaluates victim impact statements to determine if restitution is owed and if so, the amount; computes invoices for property and medical damages; represent and argue on behalf of victims at restitution hearings.
  • Endorse witnesses for trials and subpoena witnesses for trials.
  • Reviews criminal cases to make decisions on disposition; reviews files, talks to witnesses and victims to determine the appropriateness of disposition based on the strength of the case, individual defendant's conduct and background, and the impact of the conduct on the victim and society.
  • Presents facts to support appropriateness of a sentence in court; researches and presents laws to support the legality of a sentence; obtains victim impact statements and accumulates evidence to support restitution to the victim.
  • Prosecutes probation violations on behalf of the State Probation Department; presents evidence to prove violations; represents the State on post-conviction remedy motions by researching and presenting arguments in court to support the legality of conviction and sentence.
  • Prosecute cases at jury or court trial; assist in jury selection.
  • Participate in the sentencing of criminal defendants.
  • Represent Department of Revenue for all Department of Motor Vehicle appeals.
  • Researches and prepares appellate briefs for the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court concerning legal issues that were resolved in a lower court (not appellate review).
  • Analyzes individual cases for appropriateness of bond; argues and presents facts and law in support of bond; argues and presents law to forfeit bond in favor of the State when appropriate; argues law and facts in support of revocation of bond when appropriate; prepares legal pleadings and documents appropriate for court action in all areas.
  • Meets with judges, law enforcement, probation, and the general public to identify and, where possible, resolve judicial system problems.
  • Supervise support personnel.
  • Occasionally assists law enforcement agencies by serving on promotional review boards.
  • Trains and offers legal advice to law enforcement officers involving issues of arrest, search and seizure, procedure, drafting search warrants, reviewing warrant requests and processing charges.
  • Serves on 24 hour call for questions and advice.
  • Attends related ongoing continuing education opportunities.
  • Oral and written communications must be clear and effective.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

District Court Deputy District Attorney II: The employee has achieved proficiency in the District Court Deputy District Attorney position.
Demonstrate professionalism, composure, and appropriate interpersonal skills during performance of tasks, duties and responsibilities that take place in this adversarial system. This adversarial system includes contentious dealings (in person, by phone, electronically, or by written correspondence) with opposing counsel, upset individuals that may be defendants, victims, witnesses, law enforcement, or other members of the public, often resulting in mental and physical stresses.
Demonstrate professionalism, composure, and appropriate interpersonal skills in reviewing and/or discussing information pertaining to criminal cases. These criminal cases require frequent exposure to assaults and murders, including, but not limited to, physical assaults, verbal abuse, sexual assaults (upon adults and children), and child abuse. The discovery in the cases will also require frequent exposure to gruesome, disturbing, and/or sexually explicit photographs, images and recordings.

District Court Deputy District Attorney assigned to Juvenile Court:
  • Identify high-risk offenders and/or high stakes cases for purposes of utilizing detention and commitment beds.
  • Communicate regularly with community stakeholders relevant to juvenile offenders/cases.
  • Seek modifications/improvements in the Court process.
  • Participate in community partnerships relevant to juvenile prosecution.
  • Teach or assist in teaching Children’s Code at WSCC Police Academy.
  • Create working relationship with paralegal and victim specialist on appropriate cases.

Minimum Requirements
Minimum Qualifications Required:
Education and Experience:
  • Juris Doctorate and three (3) years of related experience
  • Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job.

Licenses and Certifications:
Current Colorado Supreme Court license to practice law

Supplemental Information
Physical Requirements And Working Environment:
This position requires standing, stooping, sitting, bending, twisting, and lifting up to 10 pounds.

Work is generally confined to a standard office environment.

The District Attorney's Office allows for an increase in pay based on the following factors:
  • A seniority system that rewards employees based on length of employment;
  • A merit system that rewards employees for exceptional job performance;
  • An incentive system that pays employees based on the quality of their work or the amount of work they perform; or
  • Education, training, or experience to the extent that they are reasonably related to the work in question.

This position is eligible for the following Mesa County benefits;
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Retirement
  • Paid Sick and Vacation Leave
  • Life insurance
  • Long term disability