Assistant County Attorney I

PRIMARY JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Intake, screening and preparation of complaints for misdemeanor cases.
  • Prosecute misdemeanor, juvenile cases and justice court cases before the Judge and Jury.
  • Draft pleadings.
  • Coordinate investigative efforts with prosecution.
  • Prepare and educate local law enforcement.
  • Provide legal aid for local law enforcement.
  • Intake, screening and representation of protective order applicants.
  • Perform plea bargain and relations with defense bar.
  • Appear on behalf of the State in Child Protective Services cases, Adult Protective Services cases.
  • Other requirements include duties as assigned within the scope of responsibility and skill required of the job; See detailed job description to further information

Criminal background check, psychological test, physical and drug screen required.

Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the state of Texas and in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.  Experience is preferred but not required. 

The current salary for the position is $70,448.  The salary will increase to $75,732 on January 1, 2022.  The position carries full county benefits, including retirement, paid vacation, and health insurance.  Bar dues, TDCAA membership and CLE are also included.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Assistant County Attorney I

EMPLOYER: Aransas County

Location: Rockport, TX

Effective Date: October 27, 2021

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

The Aransas County Attorney is accepting applications for an Assistant County Attorney I. Interested applicants may submit a resume through the online portal or at the Human Resources office located at 2840 Hwy 35 N., Rockport, TX

SUMMARY OF POSITION

Performs legal work necessary to effectively represent Aransas County in misdemeanor, felony and civil matters.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

  1. Reports to:  County Attorney
  2. Other:    Frequent communication with outside agencies and County officials, including the Commissioners Court and its department heads, the Sheriff’s Office and other elected officials, County employees, attorneys, opposing attorneys, the County Attorney and other Civil Division Personnel.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:  EXAMPLES OF WORK

  • Prosecuting and assisting in misdemeanor cases – from intake to trial;
  • Prosecuting and assisting in felony cases – from intake to trial;
  • Assisting in CPS cases;
  • Assisting in Juvenile cases;
  • Assisting in Protective Orders;
  • Assisting in Mental Health commitments;
  • Prosecuting and assisting with Justice of the Peace Courts – from intake to trial;
  • Attends docket calls, conducts plea bargain negotiations, is well prepared on assigned cases, makes decisions promptly and keeps abreast of the law;
  • Is of extremely high integrity, professional demeanor and demonstrates proper respect to the court at all times;
  • Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • Candidates should be proficient in electronic legal research.  
  • Candidates should possess superior communications skills with the ability to work with staff, law enforcement, probation officers, victims, witnesses and other attorneys
  • Must have the ability to analyze facts and case precedents and present them effectively in court
  • Abilities to manage a considerable docket of active cases and consistently satisfy deadlines in the face of competing time demands are essential functions of the position.  
  • The selected candidate must be able to demonstrate these skills and perform these functions with minimal direction from the County Attorney

Skill/Ability to: 

  • Must pass UA screening furnished by the County.
  • Must pass a criminal background check. 
  • Ability to work in an office environment and interact effectively with others.
  • Strong work ethic with a commitment to ethical prosecution

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

  1. Doctorate in Jurisprudence from an accredited law school.  
  2. Minimum of two (2) years of experience as an assistant county or district attorney, city attorney or other governmental attorney with experience in areas related to the job duties is preferred.
  3. Bi-lingual is a plus

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED

  1. Must be currently licensed by the State Bar to practice law and in good standing. 

Physical Demands

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Regularly required to sit, bend, kneel, walk, stand, reach, and move objects weighing up to 20 lbs.
  • Mainly indoor activity. 
  • Significant contact with the public, crime victims, witnesses, persons accused/convicted of crimes, police officers, and other law enforcement /courthouse personnel.
  • For the purpose of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendment Act, this job description does not take into account potential reasonable accommodations.                                                          

Please send resume, cover letter and references to [email protected] or Aransas County, HR Department, 2840 Hwy 35 N., Rockport, TX 78382. For more information, call Human Resources at 361-790-0135.