Assistant District Attorney – Intake Bureau

Position Description

The Intake Bureau of the Harris County District Attorney’s office operates 24 hours a day to assist law enforcement officers, make determinations on probable cause and accept or decline charges.  Assistant District Attorneys at Intake operate in a fast-paced environment and must have experience practicing criminal law and able to quickly learn and utilize computer databases and programs.

An Assistant District Attorney in the Intake Bureau must have a working knowledge of the Texas Penal Code, the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the US and Texas Constitutions and the Harris County Rules of Court.  Also requires a working knowledge of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Intranet.  Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, etc.) is necessary.  Criminal trial/courtroom experience is preferable.

Duties and Responsibilities

·        Screen calls from officers and make charging decisions commensurate with their experience.

·        Complete the Case Decline form for all situations where criminal charges are not accepted.

·        Screen/review charges(custody/non-custody) assigned to them in e-charge in preparation for filing.

·        Prepare blood warrants when requested in DWI/intoxication offenses.

·        Cross-train on Hearing Court duties in order to cover Hearing Court when needed.


  • Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree.
  • License to practice law in the State of Texas, with no disciplinary history and in good standing with the Texas State Bar.
  • Four (4) years of experience in handling criminal cases.
  • Experience in investigations and the trial of criminal cases.
  • Proficient in writing search and arrest warrants, and in drafting Grand Jury subpoena requests.
  • Strong litigation and trial skills.
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient using Microsoft software programs.
  • Ability to provide guidance to Law Enforcement when probable cause is lacking.
  • The ability to effectively communicate the Office’s Position on the acceptance of charges.
  • Ability to assume the role and responsibilities of the Section Chief in their absence.

General Information

HOURS:  Intake is a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week continuously functioning operation. Intake works before, during and after all emergencies. Intake shifts are typically 8 hrs a day, 4 or 5 days a week. Weekend shifts are 12 hour shifts. The standard work week for all employees is 40 hours.

  • Shift Work / 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m./4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m./. or 12 hour shifts depending on the division needs.
  • Will be required to work nights, weekends, rotating holidays, and during weather events.
  • Harris County offers a competitive benefits program, including comprehensive group health and related benefits plan as well as defined benefit retirement plan. The following list of benefits is offered only to employees in regular (full-time) positions:


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Wellness
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 10 days of vacation each year for the first five (5) years of service.
  • Accrual rates increase based on years of service.
  • 10 county holidays plus one (1) floating holiday
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan
  • Healthcare Reimbursement Account
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • The following benefits are also available to regular (full-time) employment and may be available to part-time employees:
  • Retirement pension (TCDRS)
  • Transportation Assistance (Metro Ride Sponsor Program)


  • Based on 26 Pay Periods
  • Salaries vary depending on experience

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