Part-time Assistant District Attorney – Intake

HOOD COUNTY JOB DESCRIPTION

Department:  District Attorney

Job Title: Part-time Assistant District Attorney – Intake Attorney

Supervisor:  District Attorney or designee

Normal Workweek: 24 hours

FLSA:  Exempt

Definition

Review cases submitted by investigating agencies and determine whether, and what type, of felony charges to file. Research various legal issues related to felony prosecutions. Assist with processing open records requests received by the DA’s office. Provide other legal services as required by the District Attorney.

Distinguishing Characteristics

For all areas within the scope of the District Attorney’s responsibility – screens and reviews charges in order to determine legal and factual sufficiency; investigates and prepares assigned cases; drafts indictments and presents cases to the Grand Jury; prepares appellate briefs and argues before appellate courts; represents the Texas Department of Child and Protective Services in child abuse and neglect cases.  Assists with trial preparation. Performs case load/docket management at the direction of the District Attorney.

Examples of Important Responsibilities and Duties

            Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage caseload of cases submitted by law enforcement agencies.
  • Determine appropriate charges to file for submitted cases.
  • Request follow-up investigation from agency (if needed).
  • Ensure all evidence is included with submitted cases.
  • Closely monitor cases for potential exculpatory and/or mitigating evidence, and ensure all such evidence is included with cases.
  • Present cases to Grand Jury.
  • Research courtroom evidence, assist with trial preparation.
  • Review files, prepare unresolved cases for trial, plea, or dismissal.
  • Research legal questions and concerns from citizens.
  • Perform legal research necessary to assist the District Attorney in the trial of felony cases and preparation of written opinions.
  • Advise law enforcement officials on legal issues and policies concerning prosecution of cases.
  • Represent the District Attorney’s Office in community justice projects and disseminates information to various criminal justice and community groups.

Other important duties and responsibilities:

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

          Knowledge of:

  • Modern and highly complex principles and practices of public law (including laws related to county government).
  • Methods of public agency administration
  • A variety of legal terminology.
  • Spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Legal principles, practices and procedures of civil, criminal, constitutional and administrative law.
  • Methods and techniques of legal research

Ability to:

  • Organize, interpret, and apply legal principles
  • Present statements of law, fact, and argument clearly and logically
  • Prepare cases for court.
  • Conduct research on complex legal problems and prepare sound legal opinions.
  • Have computer skills required for retrieval of information from databases and on-line legal services.

Experience and Training:

  • J.D. or L.L.B. degree from an accredited law school; license to practice law in Texas. Experience as an attorney in criminal litigation and county government.

Environmental Conditions

Office/courtroom environment; working closely with others and alone; exposure to members of the community and criminal defendants.

Physical Conditions

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may require maintaining physical condition necessary for standing or sitting for a prolonged period.

Hood County applications @ http://www.co.hood.tx.us/jobs.aspx

Please send applications to:

 Hood County Personnel
1410 W. Pearl St.
Granbury, TX 76048
817-408-3450   (F) 817-408-3452
Or
[email protected]

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed.  Employee may be requested to perform other duties assigned within the scope of responsibility and requirements of the job.