Assistant District Attorney – BPU/DPS Embedded Prosecutor (grant funded)

79th JUDICIAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE- NOTICE

JOB TITLE:  ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY – BPU/DPS Embedded Prosecutor (Border Prosecution Unit grant funded position)

SALARY LEVEL:  Minimum salary-$75,000 (excluding longevity) with a possibility of up to $86,000, based on candidate’s prosecutorial and/or management experience.  This position is embedded with the Texas Department of Public Safety- Criminal Investigation Division.  This position is funded by a grant through the Office of the Governor’s Homeland Security Grant Division. 

SUMMARY: The Legislature has provided funding for the BPU to provide an attorney specifically dedicated to human trafficking investigations and prosecutions within each of the three BPU regions. Under the custom and practice of the BPU, the regional District Attorneys work together to insure the BPU/DPS attorney is available and is deployed in a manner to effectively address the priorities and needs of the jurisdiction(s) in which they serve. The employing District Attorney and the principal office location(s) for the position are determined by the employing district attorney in consultation with the District Attorneys in the region. The selection and employing District Attorney has the sole responsibility to supervise, and the sole right to employ and/or terminate, the personnel assigned to the BPU/DPS attorney position. The BPU/DPS Prosecutor is hired and supervised by the 79th Judicial District Attorney and will comply with the personnel policies set by Jim Wells County.  The BPU/DPS Prosecutor is a resource and asset for Region 3 of the Border Prosecution and a resource for the DPS-CID unit assigned.  Primary duties include:

  • Assist BPU offices within the region with the investigation, presentation and trial of complex BPU/transnational/border security criminal cases, including being the primary lead counsel on those cases in jury trials and organizing and constructing engaging in organized criminal activity (EOCA) cases, when appropriate, under Section 71.02 of the Texas Penal Code.
  • Provide technical assistance to the DPS-CID unit assigned by providing legal research and opinions, assisting with the preparation of specialized search warrants and other legal documents in connection with long-term/complex EOCA cases.
  • Assist state and local law enforcement agencies within the jurisdiction(s) with the preparation of search and arrest warrants and other legal documents.
  • Upon request by other District Attorneys outside the border region and with approval of the employing District Attorney, assist in the execution of search warrants and related legal proceedings.
  • At the direction of the District Attorneys within the region, confer with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to determine the best jurisdiction in which the prosecution of EOCA cases should be sought.
  •  Provide and/or facilitate training for all law enforcement agencies within the region on issues pertinent to the investigation and prosecution of EOCA cases, and other such issues in criminal law and procedure as may be needed.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with BPU prosecutors in each of the other two BPU regions on investigations and prosecution of multi-jurisdictional EOCA cases.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the BPU Texas Anti-Gang Center (TAG) attorneys on EOCA matters within the region, and if applicable, with other TAG offices throughout the state.
  • Provide quarterly written reports to all BPU offices within the region on activities and current priorities for EOCA cases within the region. Additionally, the regional counsel shall employ such other means of communication, such as conference and/or virtual meeting calls to provide for an exchange of information and status updates, and insure that BPU resources are being used in the most effective manner possible.
  • Serve as an asset and provide technical assistance to all BPU offices and personnel, working in conjunction and coordination with prosecutors in all BPU regions.
  • Be available, as needed, to the BPU training director for assistance with training seminars in all BPU regions, with the permission of the employing elected District Attorney and secondary to his/her primary responsibilities of investigating, coordinating and prosecuting BPU matters such as EOCA, transnational crimes, border security related crimes, and human trafficking cases.

OPENING/CLOSING:  The position will remain open until filled. 

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Any employee who drives a vehicle on official business must have a driving record which meets standards set by the County and the County’s insurance carrier.  A background check will be conducted on applicants.  Two references required.  Jim Wells and Brooks County policies, including applicable drug testing policy, applies.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.  J.D. or L.L.B. degree from an accredited law school.  Prefer at least ten years of work experience as a prosecuting attorney. 

LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries from the public, regulatory agencies, and law enforcement entities.  Ability to effectively present information to top management and public groups.  Ability to speak and/or read Spanish preferred.

ABOUT THIS OFFICE:  The 79th Judicial District is comprised of Jim Wells and Brooks Counties County.  We are looking for a highly self-motivated hardworking individual who is dedicated to obtaining positive results in prosecuting criminal cases. Health and retirement benefits provided through either Brooks or Jim Wells County. All required professional dues paid.

APPLICATIONS:  Available at the 79th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, applicants may also request for an application to be faxed or emailed to them by emailing a request to [email protected]   .

Submit resume and application through fax or email. 

Attention: Carlos Omar Garcia, District Attorney

Fax:  361-668-9974 Or Email: [email protected]   

Qualified individuals may apply by submitting an application and resume to the 79th Judicial District Attorney.

The 79th Judicial District Attorney’s office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All employees are expected to conform to the employment policies of Jim Wells and Brooks County and the District Attorney’s Office.

All employees are employed “at will”