Assistant Criminal District Attorney

BASTROP COUNTY CRIMINAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE is a 9 attorney office acting under the direction of the elected CDA, Bryan Goertz. Located in the heart of central

Texas and contiguous to Travis County, Bastrop County has a population of approximately 85,000 and consists of 3 incorporated cities and various rural communities

SALARY: $65,000 per year. Benefits include employer paid medical, retirement, other employee supplemental coverage, as well as paid State Bar dues and CLE, paid vacation, paid holidays and personal days and sick leave.

SUMMARY: An entry level position under the supervision of the Bastrop County Criminal District Attorney, this position assists with the prosecution of all Class C misdemeanors in the Justice of the Peace courts and assists with protective orders, and Class A and B misdemeanors as experience and caseloads allow. Also advises the Environmental Enforcement Department and prosecutes environmental criminal cases. Work involves doing intake for the positions caseload from various agencies, directing and planning legal activities, the preparation of legal documents, conducting hearings and trials, interpreting laws and regulations, and rendering legal advice and counsel. The position also requires that the attorney be available to assist other prosecutors in meeting any additional prosecutorial demands made upon the office. Must maintain the confidentiality of the department at all times.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

The position receives supervision from the Bastrop County Criminal District Attorney or his Misdemeanor Chief and works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

Is primarily responsible for prosecuting all Class C misdemeanors in the Justice of the Peace courts and assisting with protective orders and Class A and B misdemeanors as requested based upon experience and caseloads. Acts as the liaison with the Environmental Department and advises them on legal matters and prosecutes environmental criminal cases.

Performs legal research; subpoenas witnesses; negotiates pleas.

Makes themselves available to discuss resolution of pending cases with defense counsel.

Prepares legal opinions, appellate briefs, petitions and other legal instruments as necessary.

Prepare cases for trial and in represents the State in matters as appropriate.

Conducts pre-trial evidentiary hearings.

Advises law enforcement officers on legal matters and on the interpretation and application of State

laws and regulations.

Does case intake and reviews written offense reports for alleged violations of the law from various

agencies for position specific offenses.

Prepares unresolved cases for trial.

Maintains a high level of organization while performing job related duties.

Performs related legal work as assigned

Travels to remote Justice of the Peace Courts within the County for their dockets.

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Applicable laws as related to the performance of duties;
  • Legal ethics and its application to the practice of criminal law
  • Legal principles, practices and procedures of civil, criminal, and constitutional law; Duties, powers, limitations and authority of County and State Government;
  • A variety of legal terminology specific to the prosecution of crime;
  • Advising law enforcement officers and officials;
  • Correct use of the English language, spelling, grammar and punctuation;
  • Standard office policies, procedures, and computer proficiency;
  • Bastrop County policies and procedures;

ABILITY TO:

  • Effectively communicate.
  • Work well with others and demonstrate good interpersonal skills
  • De-escalate confrontational situations
  • Organize, interpret and apply legal principles;
  • Effectively apply legal knowledge and principles in court;
  • Present statements of law, fact and argument clearly and logically;
  • Prepare and present difficult cases in court;
  • Properly interpret, understand and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies; Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion;
  • Conduct business with the public in a professional, courteous manner;
  • Function independently, exercise good judgment, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the job; Effectively speak in public;
  • Operate computer and other office equipment required to perform essential job functions;
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision;
  • Work irregular working hours;
  • Handle exposure to potentially hostile individuals;
  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions; Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing. Effectively prepare and use power-point technology

EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION, and LICENSING:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain tl1e knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Licensed Attorney with some criminal law experience preferred; Bi-Lingual (English/Spanish) preferred

Education: Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.

Licensing: Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas; Valid Texas driver’s license.

Bastrop County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex, religion or disability in employment or in its activities.  Minorities, Veterans, and Disabled applicants are encouraged to apply.   

A Bastrop County Job Application is required, and can be downloaded at:  https://na3.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=a7d71333-73b6-4ae5-b3d7-a59c651de914.  A resume will be considered, but will not be accepted in lieu of application.