Closing Date: 20th December, 2023
Serves as the Domestic Violence Prosecutor in the judicial district for serious felony cases pertaining to domestic violence. Serves as advisor to the Domestic Violence Review Team. Serves as a legal advisor to law enforcement personnel providing legal advice during investigations. Trains law enforcement agencies on various legal issues ranging from report writing to specialized investigations.
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.)
- Prosecutes serious felony domestic violence cases. Carries a caseload of approximately 25 domestic violence cases at a time drawn from cases reviewed by the Domestic Violence Review Team. Analyzes cases presented for completeness of investigation and appropriateness of charges.
- Assists in conducting trials in domestic violence cases that were reviewed by the Domestic Violence Review Team, serving as second-chair prosecutor when practical.
- Reviews all cases, both misdemeanor and felony, referred to the Domestic Violence Review Team. Reviews for appropriate charging and amends charges where appropriate, identifies and files motions to join offenses and cases where appropriate.
- Reviews Domestic Violence Review Team cases for evidence of unreported prior crimes and refers them to the Domestic Violence Investigator for investigation.
- Reviews cases to determine appropriate disposition. Analyzes cases for appropriateness of bond and representing the State in bond hearings.
- Ensures that victims are properly notified of court hearings, and that their input is solicited on case dispositions pursuant to the Victims Rights Act.
- Researches legal issues involved in arrest and prosecution of defendants. Conducts preliminary hearings. Drafts and responds to legal motions and represents the state in hearings regarding them.
- Conducts trials concerning charges. Presents facts to support appropriateness at sentencing hearing.
- Prosecutes probation violations and represents the state in post conviction remedy motions. Researches and prepares appellate briefs.
- Serves as legal advisor to law enforcement and trains law enforcement personnel in various legal issues pertaining to domestic violence cases ranging from report writing to specialized investigations.
- Serves on executive boards and participates in appropriate task forces. Serves on promotional review boards as requested.
- 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. Participates and be knowledgeable about local domestic violence data.
- 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 trials.
- Participate in the sentencing of criminal defendants.
- Serves as a mentor and support in domestic violence issues and other advocacy and professional development topics to less experienced prosecutors in both the Count Court Deputy DA positions and the District Court Deputy DA positions.
- 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.
- Will serve on 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.
- 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.
Minimum Qualifications Required:
Education and Experience:
- Juris Doctorate. Five (5) years of related experience preferred.
- 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.
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;
- Paid Sick and Vacation Leave
- Life insurance
- Long term disability
Please include a cover letter to address why are you interested in domestic violence prosecution and any ties you may have to Western Colorado.
Successful candidates may apply for reimbursement of relocation expenses up to $2,000.00.