Assistant District Attorney III

Salary: $70,889.00 – $81,347.00 Annually

Location: Edinburg, TX

Job Type: Regular Full-Time


Job Number: 00004

Open Positions: 1

Grade: 17 Step 01-05

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The Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office has an opening for a highly motivated and experienced felony level Assistant District Attorney III position. Trial courtroom experience as an Assistant District Attorney/ Prosecutor with an emphasis on criminal trial expertise is preferred. Applicant must be licensed by the State of Texas and in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. Hidalgo County offers a comprehensive salary and benefits package consisting of competitive salaries, a wide selection of insurance products, unique retirement system, and paid time off. Salary: The salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Insurance: Hidalgo County offers an excellent insurance benefits package which includes a 100% county-paid employee medical and life insurances and also provides access to other insurance products which include dental, vision, critical illness, long term/ short term disability, and cancer insurance. Retirement: Hidalgo County partners with Texas County & District Retirement System (TCDRS) to offer its employees a unique and exceptional retirement plan that matches two to one (2 dollars for every 1 dollar contributed). Paid Time Off: Hidalgo County affords various types of paid time off to its employees as warranted. This includes paid annual / vacation days, paid sick days, paid holidays, and paid bereavement leave. All offers of employment are contingent on criminal background check qualification.

General Description

Performs intermediate-level legal work; Work involves prosecuting and defending all manner of civil and criminal matters in various levels of trials and appellate courts and administrative forums. Work under the frequent supervision of higher level attorneys in an effort to build the knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary for this position

Examples of Work Performed

Will make decisions and/or counsels with clients, victims, or police concerning the commencement of proceedings in court or related forums
May also provide written or oral legal advice to individual or governmental clients, and draft legal instruments or other written materials carrying legal implication
Appears in court and/or related forums to select juries, present and cross-examine evidence, make legal arguments, and act as an oral advocate
Drafts and files pleadings, answering motions, briefs and responses necessary to conduct litigation and/or proceedings in related forums
Investigate facts giving rise to legal issues, and bring about solutions to their clients legal problems in a variety of forums
Counsels and advises clients within bounds of confidentiality, when applicable, regarding legal issues in all phases of litigation
Identifies, locates, and prepares witnesses to present testimony effectively in court or related forums
Identifies and prepares non-testimonial forms of evidence for use in court and related forums
Conducts and/or supervises investigations and/or civil and criminal discovery proceedings
Drafts legal instruments and various documents with legal implications
Negotiates with others to settle litigation or other contested matters or to assist in solving problems with legal implications
Develops knowledge and expertise in applicable area of law to keep pace with constant developments and to impart this knowledge and skills to others in various settings
Performs related work as assigned

 Education and Experience

Juris Doctorate (JD) degree
Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas
Trial courtroom experience as an Assistant District Attorney/Prosecutor with an emphasis on criminal trial expertise is preferred

Registration, Certification, and Licensure:

Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas is required

Must have a current valid Texas motor vehicle operator’s license

Must be able to be insured by the County’s insurance carrier

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to work efficiently and effectively in high-pressure situations
Ability to communicate effectively
Able to handle all stressful situations with an even temperament and work effectively with others in achievement of tasks
Possess advanced professional level of analytical ability and be very well versed in the art of being diplomatic and tactful in addition to the use of good judgment and common sense
Must be computer literate
Knowledge of all applicable laws and procedures
Must have good working knowledge and understanding of penal statutes and code of criminal procedures as well as case holdings and departmental policies

Agency: Hidalgo County

Address: 505 S. McColl Rd., Suite A, Edinburg, Texas, 78539

Phone: 956 318-2660