VAL VERDE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY JOB DESCRIPTION
DEPARTMENT: District Attorney
LOCATION: 209 E. Losoya, Del Rio, Texas
JOB TITLE: Secondssistant District Attorney
FLSA TYPE: Exempt
REPORTS TO: District Attorney and First Assistant DA
HOURS WORKED: 40/WEEK (FULL TIME)
BASE SALARY: $70,500 yearly
Under the direction of the elected District Attorney, assist with administering criminal justice in Val Verde County, Texas by helping to assure that the department maintains a high degree of competence and efficiency in handling criminal cases and all other matters for which the District Attorney’s office is responsible.
- Perform intake for matters brought to the District Attorney’s office, including the screening and reviewing of cases to determine the legal and factual sufficiency of cases submitted, interviewing complainants or victims, and performing investigations necessary to the particular matter;
- Prepare cases for trial, including, but not limited to, the issuance of subpoenas, motions, writs, warrants, and other related documents;
- Confer with elected District Attorney, other office personal, defense attorneys, investigators, law enforcement officials, victims, witnesses, and other parties concerning assigned cases, and do so in a professional manner;
- Interview and prepare witnesses for court proceedings;
- Maintain current knowledge of law and procedure as necessary to carry out the duties of the District Attorney’s office;
- Provide law enforcement with assistance and training of changes in the law;
- Brief the District Attorney on all cases when requested or appropriate;
- Assist victims and witnesses with legal processes as may be appropriate and required;
- Demonstrate extremely high integrity, professional demeanor, and proper respect to the court and public in the courtroom at all times;
- Determine recommendations for court actions, including, preparation and presentation of cases to Grand Jury;
- Perform legal research necessary to identify, analyze and present legal issues in felony cases;
- Assist and handle any and all matters related to the Val Verde County District Attorney’s office appellate practice, including but not limited to, performing legal advanced research, filing petitions for discretionary review, responding to post conviction writs of habeas corpus, responding to direct appeals, filing briefs, resenting arguments for the court of appeals, assisting other trial prosecutors with preparations of jury charges;
- Prepare for all conduct trials (bench or jury);
- Assist law enforcement in the investigation, preparation and presentation of cases for prosecution; and
- Perform related work as required. (Position may include all the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties, which may be performed or supervised.)
- Report to District Attorney and First Assistant District Attorney.
WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Knowledge of: Judicial principles, criminal law principles, and applicable civil and criminal laws. Must have a current—and ongoing working knowledge of the law, procedure, and rules of evidence necessary to help carry out the duties of this position. Must have a high degree of competence and efficiency. Must be experienced in all aspects of handling cases—from screening and reviewing, to researching and analyzing, to pleading, to presenting them well in court—effectively communicating facts and precedents verbally and in writing.
Skill to: Negotiate plea agreements; obtain information from individuals as deemed necessary for a case; operate a computer to process and retrieve data and information; handle the public with dignity and respect.
Ability to: Develop research methods and perform legal research; receive and follow general instruction and make decisions; consult knowledgably with victims, witnesses, law enforcement personnel and defendants; analyze facts, procedures, and legal precedent; present facts and precedents effectively in court and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other county employees and officials, court personnel, other attorneys and the general public; work well with people from a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds; and communicate articulately both orally and in writing, both in and out of the courtroom. Must work well under pressure and exercise tact in trying situations while ensuring timely and appropriate case resolutions. Must be a self-starter—and also a team player who takes direction well. Must exhibit a sense of duty for rendering justice. Possess a minimum of 5 years’ experience in prosecution of felony criminal cases, including a minimum of 10 years’ experience in criminal law, appellate court experience preferred.
J.D. or L.L.B. degree from an accredited law school, plus experience as a prosecutor and/or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED
Attorney in good standing with and licensed by the State Bar of Texas. Must have a valid Texas driver’s license and no criminal convictions.
Lifting: Continuous: upward and downward flexion of the neck. Frequent: sitting, repetitive use of hands to operate computers, printers and copiers. Occasional: walking, standing, bending and twisting of neck, bending and twisting of waist, squatting, simple grasping, reaching above and below shoulder level, and lifting and carrying of files weighing up to 10 pounds.
Shift Work: This position is a Monday through Friday job with the occasional flexibility appropriate to proper performance of the work.