Attorney I – Criminal

Department Head District Attorney
Salary Range Minimum  $5,646.87 Monthly
Job Number 607-0790-100119
Date Open
October 1, 2019
Application Deadline Until 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:
• Pre-printed forms at the Hays County Human Resources department
• Request PDF forms from [email protected] via email
You may submit your application documents in any of the following ways:
• Hand-deliver to 712 South Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1063, San Marcos, TX 78666
• Fax: 512-393-2227
• Email: [email protected]

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, attorneys within the civil division prosecute child protection issues; represent the State in all bond forfeitures in County and District Court; represent the State in all asset seizure cases in District Court; sit as designees on and act as general counsel for the Bail Bond Board; respond to criminal open records requests and request Attorney General rulings when required; correspond and collaborate with other legal counsels related to litigation and matters involving the Hays County Commissioners Court; represent local hospitals and private citizens in applying for Emergency Orders of Detention and Orders of Protective Custody in mental health cases; and work with the local mental health authority to ensure defendants and arrestees receive mental health treatment and services.

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.