Misdemeanor Prosecutor II

The Denton County District Attorney’s Office has a new opening for an entry level misdemeanor prosecutor (Misdemeanor Prosecutor II).  Submit resumes, cover letters, and references to [email protected].  The on-line application may be filled out through the county’s website at www.dentoncounty.com  or you can click on the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/dentoncounty/jobs/2727572/misdemeanor-prosecutor-ii-district-attorney?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Salary: $64,917.00 – $75,304.00 Annually

Location: Denton, TX

Job Type: Full-Time Exempt

Department: District Attorney

Job Number: 20-033

Closing: Continuous

Description

THIS POSTING MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME ONCE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED. 

The Misdemeanor Prosecutor II performs professional legal work and administrative services for the legal department of assignment. Work involves prosecuting jury and non-jury trials and/or negotiating settlements, and preparing various briefs, motions, and other legal devices, as necessary. Employee is also responsible for performing legal research in the preparation of trials, assisting in preparation and management of court dockets, and assisting and advising law enforcement personnel in the preparation of search and arrest warrants.

Examples of Duties

Attends daily docket call, consulting weekly docket list and obtaining and reviewing appropriate case files; advises courtroom of docket call procedures.

Answers phones and inquiries regarding witness issues and case status.

Performs various administrative duties associated with managing a docket of active cases, including docket management and new case management.

Prepares and conducts hearings on probation revocations and adjudications of guilt; prepares and conducts open plea hearings, motions to suppress, and other hearings scheduled in the assigned court.

Participates in all phases of court trial, including the opening statement, the presentation of the State’s case, rebut of the defense’s case if one is presented, and the punishment phase of the trial.

Advises unrepresented defendants of rights and plea options; completes paperwork for pleas; obtains pleas or requests for appointed attorneys from defendants, as appropriate.

Prepares and requests bond forfeiture and arrest warrants for defendants not appearing as scheduled in court.

Prepares misdemeanor cases for trial, including reviewing case files, advising and negotiating, providing discovery, conferring with law enforcement and judicial personnel, following up with witnesses after trial to inform them of outcome and ways to improve testimony, locating witnesses and defendants, interviewing victims and witnesses, performing legal research, conferring with victims and their families, investigating incidents, visiting crime scenes, and examining physical evidence.

Requests preparation of jury charges; prepares voir dire examination; reviews jury list and conducts jury selection.

Participates in mental hearings as necessary.

Performs a variety of administrative duties in support of the court and department; oversees process for new case intake as necessary.

Regular and punctual attendance is required.

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate degree required for this position.

Must possess a license to practice law in the State of Texas.

Must be able to pass a State Criminal History background check.