Juvenile Prosecutor

Kaufman County Job Description

FLSA Status: Non- Exempt

Department: District Attorneys Office

Full Time

Location:  Kaufman

Salary: $62,000-$67,000

SUMMARY: 

This position performs a variety of skilled duties in support of the District Attorney’s office and in accordance with departmental procedures, regulations, laws, and statutes.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Have a working knowledge of the Texas Family Code, Texas Penal Code, Rules of Civil Procedure and Code of Criminal Procedures, and related case law.

Assess case facts with law enforcement and the Juvenile Probation Department to determine proper path for a juvenile file.

Efficiently present cases to judge and juries, including but not limited to conducting voir dire examinations, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, direct- and cross- examining witnesses, and advocating for the appropriate adjudication and disposition outcomes.

Draft motions, review documents filed with the court, file responses to motion and discovery, and conduct all requisite legal research to support arguments to the court.

Educate victims over the phone, via email, or in person about the juvenile court process and the possible outcomes of their cases.

Handle all detention hearings.

Regular interaction with local law enforcement and other multidisciplinary team members to ensure the juvenile offenders and the victims see justice in the outcomes of their cases.

Requires flexibility in schedule at all times as applicants may present to the office at any time throughout the business day.

Interview and counsel applicants as they seek protective order assistance from our office.

Assess the facts presented by applicants and discern when it is appropriate to file a protective order on their behalf.

Must have a working knowledge of the applicable statutes and case law as well as knowing how that translates into a remedy or impediment for a particular applicant’s situation.

Understand the available resources in our county for protective order applicants.

Coordinate with all levels of law enforcement (administrative, patrol, jail, parole/probation, etc.) to gather necessary information to make a successful protective order case as well as to provide law enforcement with counsel regarding other legal tools available such as conditions of bond or magistrate’s orders for emergency protection to ensure the safety of our community’s victims.

Draft motions, review documents filed with the court, file responses to motions and discovery, and conduct all requisite legal research to support arguments to the court.

Negotiate with the respondent/respondent’s counsel in an effort to efficiently reach an appropriate outcome short of contested hearings.

Efficiently present cases to the judge, including but not limited to, delivering opening statements and closing arguments and direct- and cross-examining witnesses.

Train and update fellow prosecutors and staff as well as local law enforcement on protective order procedures.

Assess case facts and jurisdictional issues to determine proper filing recommendations which range the full spectrum of relief available in the Texas Family Code, from court ordered investigation to emergency removal of children.

Efficiently present cases to juries and judge, including but not limited to, conducting voir dire examinations, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, direct- and cross-examining witnesses, and advocating for the permanency goal as recommended by DFPS.

Draft motions, review documents filed with the court, file responses to motions and discovery, and conduct all requisite legal research to support arguments to the court.

Providing training to DFPS investigators/caseworkers on proper courtroom etiquette and testimony strategies.

Work bi-monthly DFPS dockets at an off-main-campus location which requires organization and transportation of all items necessary to efficiently handle the docket (e.g., appropriate case files, texts, and office supplies/equipment).

Monthly staffing of all conservatorship cases with the DFPS caseworkers to regularly assess their progress and needs.

Travel to off-site mediations, settlement conferences, and various meetings.

Negotiate with all parties (client, the parties and other attorneys, etc.) in attempts to resolve cases short of adversarial hearings/trials.

Regular interaction with DFPS and local law enforcement, school authorities, and medical/healthcare providers via face-to-face meetings, conference calls, and email to maintain and encourage sharing of up-to-date knowledge of facts regarding the pending cases to ensure proper outcomes for the children and families involved in DFPS.

Coordinate efforts with other prosecutors in the office when DFPS cases have some overlap with related criminal cases.

Represent DFPS and present for them at local community events or group meetings (e.g., Lion’s Club) in an effort to raise awareness of the DFPS purpose and seek community support for DFPS and our foster children

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactory. The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 

Position involves sitting at a desk or other workstation, typing, filing, making copies, standing, and communicating to other county personnel, elected officials, external agencies, and the general public. You may occasionally be required to lift up to 25 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the non-essential functions.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: 

Pre-employment requirements include a drug and alcohol test, a complete criminal background investigation, and driving record check.

DISCLAIMER: 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications must be received by 4:30 pm on the closing date either by hand delivery or mail.

Kaufman County Human Resources

Kaufman County Annex

100 North Washington Street

Kaufman, TX 75142

Applications are available on the Kaufman County website www.kaufmancounty.net or at the Kaufman County Human Resources Office.  Job offers are contingent upon successful completion of a back ground check and a pre-employment drug test.