Lead Criminal Prosecutor

Employer: Williamson County Attorney’s Office
Location: Georgetown, Texas
POSITION:   Assistant County Attorney – Lead Criminal Prosecutor
SALARY:      $75,303.00

JOB SUMMARY:

The Lead Criminal Prosecutor serves as a “Lead Chair Attorney” within the Misdemeanor Division and directly supervises the operation of a County Court at Law and Justice of the Peace court in all aspects of adult criminal prosecution from case intake through appeal.

General Duties:

Trains, monitors and performs case intake, screening and follow-up investigations to include reviewing police reports and evidence submitted by law enforcement agencies

Executes charging decision and files charging instruments with the court

Trains, monitors, prepares and conducts contested court hearings to include reviewing evidence, interviewing witnesses, preparing trial motions, responding to defense motions, preparing trial exhibits and conducting hearings

Maintains responsibilities for plea negotiations and correspondence with Defense Attorneys to include reviewing evidence, reading criminal histories and police reports, submitting plea offers, negotiating specific terms and conditions and responding to discovery requests

Files court documents and responds to the Judge’s questions and requests

Performs legal research by reading State statutes and codes, analytical books and online case research utilizing Lexis Nexis and specialized practice guides

Interviews and communicates with victims and witnesses via telephone and in person

Maintains responsibilities for drafting legal documents such as motions, pleadings, orders, plea paperwork, legal memos, search warrants and administrative documents

Represents the State in Justice of the Peace court to include going to one of four JP Precincts on a weekly basis to process all criminal cases set for a pre-trial or trial hearing, negotiating with Defense Attorneys and pro-se defendants and conducting bench and jury trials

Communicates with and updates Directors routinely on the status of all mentioned tasks and the performance of subordinates

Exhibits higher-level thinking and problem-solving by assisting in the development of solutions to implement for the advancement of the office and community

Communicates with County personnel, Elected Officials, Judges, Defense Attorneys, victims and witnesses of crime, law enforcement agencies and the general public

Performs special duties as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:

Doctorate in Jurisprudence from an accredited law school.  Must be currently licensed by the State Bar to practice law and in good standing. Must pass a criminal background check. Minimum two years of experience as a Texas prosecutor or equivalent experience.  Ability to work in an office environment and interact effectively with others.

Candidates should be proficient in electronic legal research.  Candidates should possess superior communications skills.  Abilities to manage a considerable docket of active cases and consistently satisfy deadlines in the face of competing time demands are essential functions of the position.  The selected candidate must be able to demonstrate these skills and perform these functions with minimal direction from the County Attorney. 

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Mainly indoor activity.  Significant contact with the public, crime victims, witnesses, persons accused/convicted of crimes, police officers, and other law enforcement /courthouse personnel.

About This Office

Williamson County is a medium size office serving approximately 28 law enforcement agencies including the City of Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park and Georgetown. We are looking for a highly self-motivated, hardworking, compassionate individual who is dedicated to obtaining positive results in prosecuting criminal cases. Starting salary is $75,303.00. Health and retirement benefits provided through Williamson County. State Bar dues, CLE and membership in TDCAA for the selected candidate will be paid by the County Attorney’s Office.

APPLICATIONS

To be considered, interested candidates must submit an Employment Application online only thru Williamson County Human Resources at https://agency.governmentjobs.com/williamsonco/default.cfm

Not every applicant will be interviewed.  No phone calls.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Employment is ALWAYS AT WILL of the County Attorney. 

Resumes may be faxed or emailed to: Peggy Vasquez, Chief of Staff – 512-943-1120 or [email protected].

However, an application MUST be completed via Williamson County HR online portal.