Assistant County Attorney

 JOB DESCRIPTION

WORKING TITLE: ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY

DEPARTMENT: COUNTY ATTORNEY

REPORTS TO: COUNTY ATTORNEY

JOB SUMMARY:

  • Responsible for adult misdemeanor intake, case screening, and case filing. Process includes screening new cases, making charging and filing decisions, and conducting legal research as needed. 
  • Responsible for representing the State in Justice Peace Courts which includes travelling to Justice Peace Courts 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.
  • Other assignments may include representing the State of Texas in County Court at Law proceedings (arraignment dockets, announcement dockets, bench trials, jury trials, pre trial hearings, probation revocation hearings and appeals), plea negotiations, evidence review, trial preparation and witness interviews, as well as representing the State on Protective Orders, in Juvenile Court and on Department of Child and Protective Services cases.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Performs case intake, screens and follow up investigations to include reviewing police reports and evidence submitted by law enforcement agencies.
  • Drafts investigative requests for additional evidence, decides on a charging decision and file charging instruments with the court.
  • Performs legal research by reading State statutes and codes, analytical books, on line case research utilizing Westlaw and specialized practice guides.
  • Drafts legal documents such as motions, pleadings, orders, plea paperwork, legal memos, search warrants, and administrative documents utilizing Microsoft Office software and the County database.
  • Represents the State in Justice Peace Courts which includes travelling to Justice Peace Court on a weekly basis.
  • Responsible for announcement and plea dockets including handling cases in the court room that have been set on the court’s docket. Discusses cases with Defense Attorneys and Adult Probation Officers. Files court documents and responds to the Judge’s questions and requests.
  • Prepares and conducts contested court hearings including reviewing evidence, interviewing witnesses, preparing trial motions, responding to defense motions, preparing trial exhibits and conducting the actual hearing itself (I.e. jury selection, opening statements, witness examination and closing arguments).
  • Travels to Courts, Law Enforcement Agencies, Witness Meetings, Mediations, Crime Scenes, and the Burnet County Jail as required.
  • Serves as on-call prosecutor to answer questions for Law Enforcement Officers as needed.
  • Responsible 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.
  • Interviews and communicates with victims and witnesses via telephone and in person by answering questions regarding the criminal justice system.
  • Exercises time management skills & prioritizes tasks appropriately to allow for timely completion of job duties.
  • Communicates with County personnel, elected officials, judges, defense attorneys, victims and witnesses of crime, law enforcement agencies, and the general public.
  • Must maintain a professional appearance at all times, fulfilling the dress code requirements of a court in which they may appear.
  • Readily complies with departmental and county-wide policies and procedures.
  • Performs related special projects as assigned.
  • The physical demands and environmental factors listed below as well as regular attendance are also essential functions for this position.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Position involves sitting at a desk or other workstation, standing, and frequent communication to other County employees and outside agencies.
  • Some travel may be required to various County offices and locations.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:

  • Work is primarily indoors in an air-conditioned, smoke free office / courtroom.
  • Continual work at a computer keyboard.  High stress, pressure of deadlines and case management under limited time constraints.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Doctorate of Jurisprudence from an accredited law school.
  • Admission into the State Bar of Texas or ability to gain admission by date of hire.
  • Strong organizational skills and a proven ability to maintain accurate, detailed and confidential records.
  • Strong analytical and communication skills are essential to effectively and objectively advise and/or interact with personnel and external agencies on legal matters.
  • Ability to exhibit a high level of confidentiality and integrity while handling sensitive matters.
  • Demonstrate a high level of initiative and responsibility and work independently.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a high volume office, produce accurate work, and meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to obtain a valid Texas driver’s license within 30 days of hire and maintain a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record.

EMPLOYMENT TESTING:

  • Employment is contingent on passing post-offer, pre-employment criminal background investigations.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS:

            n/a

IRREGULAR HOURS:

  • Work outside of the normal office hours and may be required to meet deadlines and accuracy requirements.
  • Non-Essential Personnel for Emergency Situations; unless employees are designated by Department Heads of employees are in other offices that are open.

ORGANIZATION RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports directly to the County Attorney; may also be supervised by the First Assistant or the Chief Criminal Prosecutor.
  • Direct Reports- N/A
  • Number of Direct Reports- 0

Interested parties can apply by going to www.burnetcountytexas.org and submitting an application.