Attorney- Mental Health

Location: Dallas County District Attorney’s Office – Dallas, Texas

Closing Date: Until filled

Salary: $98,786-$118,495 (contingent upon experience)

Summary of Functions: This position makes tactical and legal decisions in connection with assigned cases and evaluates cases accepted into the Mental Health Division for alternatives to traditional criminal justice disposition, such as diversion programs or pre-trial intervention agreements.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Evaluates assigned cases by:
    • Reviewing documentation and conducting legal research on applicable laws,
    • Determining the most appropriate action(s) to be taken through diversion,
    • Reviewing and utilizing assessments from care coordinators, doctors, and other assessors,
    • Following best practices set out by the Texas Association of Specialty Courts and National Association of Drug Court Professionals
    • Handling highly confidential medical/mental health documentation
  2. Drafts, files, and responds to necessary motions, briefs for mental health hearings
  3. Negotiates settlements or plea-bargains and prepares necessary paperwork and ensures proper signatures are secured and filed if settlement of plea-bargain is reached
  4. Manages high volume pre-trial intervention court docket and schedules cases to ensure court deadlines are met.
  5. Explains the legal process to potential witnesses, victims and family and informs them of diversion alternatives.

Minimum Education and Experience Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited law school with a current license to practice law in the state of Texas. Two (2) years six (6) months of experience practicing law in the field of mental health is required.

How to apply:
Please submit your resume to Human Resources Generalist Brandon Denson at [email protected]