Felony Prosecutor I

JOB SUMMARY:

The Felony Prosecutor I performs professional legal work prosecuting felony criminal cases in the Williamson County District Courts.  Work involves preparing felony cases for disposition including dismissal, plea agreement and jury and non-jury trials.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES IF ASSIGNED TO TRIAL DIVISION:

  • Investigates, reviews and prepares felony cases for disposition in the Williamson County District Courts.
  • Reviews felony cases to determine quality and depth of investigation, completeness of case file, and complexity and severity of case.
  • Evaluates cases and determines appropriateness of plea agreements, trial, or other disposition, conducting necessary legal research, conferring with parties involved including victims and law enforcement personnel, consulting supervisor, and advises and negotiates resolutions with defense attorneys.
  • Assists in management of District Court Docket settings on pre-indictment cases, indicted cases, pre-trial settings, non-jury settings, jury trial settings, motions to revoke or adjudicate, and conducts other pre-trial and post-trial motions and/or hearings. Handles negotiated pleas of guilty in court, prepares necessary paperwork, and confers with court and probation personnel as appropriate.
  • Performs advanced legal work and serves as lead and 2nd chair counsel in trials of felony cases. Includes reviewing and evaluating case files, conducting investigations, locating and interviewing witnesses, presenting cases to Grand Jury, performing legal research, providing discovery, visiting crime scene, examining physical evidence, conferring with law enforcement and judicial personnel, victims and their families, and negotiating with defense attorneys
  • Directs court-assigned DA Investigator in gathering records, locating and interviewing witnesses, and reviewing physical evidence.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES IF ASSIGNED TO INTAKE/GRAND JURY DIVISION:

  • Responsible for assisting law enforcement personnel in investigations and providing legal counsel regarding the filing of felony charges.
  • Drafts search and arrest warrants (24 hours per day, 7 days per week) for felony cases and investigations.
  • Reviews newly filed felony cases to determine quality and depth of investigation, completeness of case file, and supervises the intake and presentation of felony cases to Grand Jury for Indictment.
  • Directs intake-assigned DA Investigator in gathering records, locating and interviewing witnesses, and reviewing case files and physical evidence.
  • Advises law enforcement in the conduct of criminal investigations, ensuring adherence to applicable laws, policies and procedures and assists law enforcement with the drafting of arrests and search warrants. 
  • Advises prosecutors and law enforcement of perceived challenges to prosecution and resolutions to such challenges and regarding the appropriate charges at arrest and indictment
  • Assists Trial Division prosecutors with the presentation of felony cases to the Williamson County Grand Jury. Assists with the drafting of Information’s and Indictments, motions, and other legal documents necessary for filing felony criminal cases.
  • Coordinates, prepares and presents training on the effective investigation and prosecution of felony offenses to law enforcement professionals and other individuals involved in investigating and prosecuting felony cases.
  • At the discretion of the Intake/Grand Jury Division Chief, may serve as lead and 2nd chair counsel in trial of a small number of felony cases. Includes reviewing and evaluating case files, conducting investigations, locating and interviewing witnesses, presenting cases to Grand Jury, performing legal research, providing discovery, visiting crime scenes, examining physical evidence, conferring with law enforcement and judicial personnel, victims and their families, and negotiating with defense attorneys.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES IF ASSIGNED TO APPELLATE DIVISION:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and a license to practice law in the State of Texas.
  • Five (5) years licensed attorney work experience in diverse criminal matters, including three (3) years’ experience in prosecuting felony offenses; or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  Knowledge of:

  • Criminal law and procedure, including constitutional and statutory law.
  • Legal research and investigative methodology, judicial procedure, and Rules of Evidence.
  • Ethical guidelines as outlined by professional standards and federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Methods and practices of pleading cases and of effective techniques for presentation of cases in court or to effectively present facts and precedents orally and in writing in law related matters.
  • Policies, practices, procedures and legal terminology related to court system.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.

  Skills in:

  • Problem-solving and decision-making.
  • High degree of skill in case evaluation and advocacy.
  • Expertise in the trial of felony criminal cases.
  • Analyzing and appraising facts, policies, procedures and legal precedents in area of specialty.
  • Both verbal and written communication skills, including presentations.

  Ability to:

  • Work effectively with co-workers, employees, and management in a pleasant, professional manner.
  • Analyze and appraise facts, procedures, and legal precedents affecting complex court cases in area of specialty.
  • Conduct legal research and analysis, both manually and electronically.
  • Present facts, precedents and arguments orally and in writing and apply negotiation skills.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Work independently and efficiently.
  • Manage time well, perform multiple tasks and organize diverse activities.
  • Work well under pressure in a high-volume office, produce accurate work, maintain strict confidentiality, and meet established deadlines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental clientele,

representatives of outside agencies, other County employees and officials, and the general public.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS:

  • Board Certification or desire to seek Board Certification in Criminal, Appellate or Civil Law

IRREGULAR HOURS:

  • N/A Exempt.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Sitting at a desk or other workstation, standing, stooping walking, bending, or crouching.
  • Occasionally lifts light and heavy objects.
  • Courtroom work and Trial Advocacy.
  • Random stressful and confrontational situations with the public and defendants.
  • Occasionally responds to late night callouts requiring performance with few hours or no sleep.
  • Some travel required.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:

  • Work is primarily indoors, with HVAC system.
  • Contact with public and law enforcement agencies.
  • Contact with defendants accused of felony offenses.

ORGANIZATION RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports directly to the Division Chief Prosecutor or DA Felony Prosecutor 1 (if assigned to the Trial Division).
  • Direct Reports – none.

We are looking to continue the good work of the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office with professional, ethical, experienced felony prosecutors.  We want to attract the finest talent from around the State to work in the greatest County in Texas.  We are located in Central Texas and our major cities include Georgetown, Round Rock and Austin.   

We are looking for trial prosecutors with five (5) years’ experience in prosecution, and three (3) years of experience in felony prosecution.  The salary will be commensurate with experience.  Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]