Assistant District Attorney – Asset Forfeiture

ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY, HARRIS COUNTY—ASSET FORFEITURE

The Asset Forfeiture Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office has an immediate opening for a felony prosecutor.  This position provides the opportunity to gain experience in civil litigation, to handle your own docket, supervise a paralegal and work closely with our major narcotics prosecutors.  The Asset Forfeiture Division seizes and forfeits contraband from criminals, including cash, vehicles, boats, airplanes, jewelry, gambling devices, gambling proceeds and other property purchased with drug money or used in the commission of criminal offenses.  We “take the profit out of crime.” 

Asset Forfeiture provides a great way to learn civil law and its practical application but prior experience with civil law is a plus. 

If you are interested, please send your resume, cover letter and list of references to Harris County District Attorney’s Office Asset Forfeiture Division Chief Angela Beavers at [email protected].

Job Description: – The Assistant District Attorneys assigned to this Division handle the investigation and prosecution of Asset Forfeiture cases as assigned to them by the Division Chief.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities – 

Advise and assist local, state and federal law enforcement officers regarding investigations, search and seizure warrants and seizures of contraband.

Assist with intake calls and walk-ins involving law enforcement personnel.

Prepare and present motions and orders concerning the disposition of seized assets in both the civil and criminal courts.

Handle all matters related to their assigned cases including all contested matters and trials.

Handle all contested matters for the cases assigned to the paralegals and interns. These matters include, but are not limited to all aspects of the discovery process, summary judgments and other dispositive motions, hearings and trials.

Supervise and evaluate the paralegals and interns who are assigned to report directly to them.This responsibility includes the review of all documents prepared by the paralegal or intern and the monitoring of all cases assigned to the paralegal or intern and conducting and drafting evaluations as required.

Coordinate with law enforcement and governmental agencies in furtherance of the appropriate disposition of forfeiture cases.

Investigate assigned cases in order to make appropriate decisions concerning the disposition of the cases.

Education, Experience, Training Requirements – 

Graduation from an accredited law school.

Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.

Prosecutorial experience and civil law experience required.

Proficiency and experience supervising a paralegal.

Experience and knowledge of Civil Procedure and Evidence.

Ability to effectively determine issues related to criminal and civil law.

Legal research and writing skills.

Ability to effectively prioritize tasks.

Ability to effectively present an issue and argue the merits before a judge and jury.

Physical Requirements – 

Occasional bending and lifting of boxes of case files.

General Information – 

Eight hour work day with opportunity to earn comp time as needed.

Availability to assist officers after hours as assigned.