Attorney I – Criminal


Job TitleAttorney I – CriminalJob Number202200205
Department HeadHays County District AttorneyDate OpenOctober 11, 2022
Salary Range Minimum$70,472.92 – $105,709.38 Annual – dependent on experienceApplication DeadlineUntil Filled

In order to be considered for employment with Hays County submit the following documents:

• Hays County Employment Application                • Cover Letter                         • Resume

Find Hays County Employment Applications at:

• Hays County

Education and/or Experience

• Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school

Other Qualifications, Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

• License to practice law in the State of Texas.
• Attends and participates in law enforcement TLETS training and annual continuing legal education as required by the State of Texas.

Required Skills

• Prosecutes misdemeanor crimes committed by adults and juveniles, including jury and non-jury trials.
• Handles assigned cases from in-take through appeal.
• Plans casework, conducts arraignment proceedings, reviews physical evidence, interviews witnesses, prepares trial exhibits, files motions and briefs, negotiates pleas, selects juries, drafts jury arguments for verdicts and sentences, and tries cases.
• Evaluates cases for filing by reviewing police incident and investigative reports, examining physical evidence and crime scenes, interviewing witnesses, surveying criminal histories, directing additional investigation when necessary, and drafting charging instruments.
• Conducts negotiations and other legal discussions with opposing counsel, including pre-trial legal issues, evidentiary suppression issues, and sentencing recommendations.
• Handles appeals by reviewing legal issues, conducting legal research, reviewing court transcripts, preparing briefs, and presenting oral arguments in appellate courts.
• Counsels and discusses cases with probation officers, law enforcement officials, victims, and witnesses.
• Responds to citizen inquiries regarding legal issues and current cases.
• Ensures that trial and other legal deadlines are met.
• Handles all necessary pre-trial matters including plea-bargain/sentencing negotiations and evidentiary/suppression hearings.
• Prepares cases for trial by issuing subpoenas, preparing witnesses, manufacturing trial exhibits, filing all necessary motions and notices, and generating trail strategies.
• Tries both jury and court-trial cases by selecting jury panels, presenting evidence, cross-examining opposing witnesses, and making legal arguments.
• Represents the State in involuntary civil commitment proceedings.
• Covers juvenile detention hearings, protective order matters, and Justice of the Peace proceedings when necessary.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


Under general direction from the elected District Attorney, this position prosecutes misdemeanor cases and operates as Justice of the Peace Prosecutor when needed.

Individuals in this position serve at the pleasure of the current elected official.

Hays County is an EEO employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Hays County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of background checks, including reference checks, criminal history, and driver’s license checks and driving history.