Assistant Criminal District Attorney

Bastrop County Criminal District Attorney’s Office is a 9 attorney office under the direction of the elected CDA, Bryan Goertz, a 5th term on 1/1/2019.  Located in the heart of central Texas and contiguous to Travis County (or as we like to say, “Just east of weird”), Bastrop County has a population of approximately 85,000 and consists of 3 incorporated cities and various rural communities. It is consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing cities in Texas. The office is family friendly, affords one a quality and pace of life not found in larger jurisdictions and is located in a county rich in natural resources, and with an affordable cost of living. No nightmarish traffic. No waiting to be seated at restaurants. It’s a great place to raise a family and if/when one feels the need to experience the bright lights of the big city, Austin is less than 25 miles away.

Salary:$70,000 per year. Benefits include employer paid medical and dental for all employees, flexible spending plan available, retirement benefits, other employee supplemental coverage, as well as paid State Bar dues and CLE, paid life insurance, vacation, holidays and personal day, as well as sick leave and an employee assistance program.

Summary:Under the supervision of the Bastrop County Criminal District Attorney, this position assists with the prosecution of State Jail Felonies, alcohol related felonies and other felonies as experience and caseload allow. Work involves doing intake for the position caseload from various agencies, directing and planning legal activities, the preparation of legal documents, conducting hearings and trials, interpreting laws and regulations, and rendering legal advice and counsel. The position also requires that the attorney be available to assist other prosecutors in meeting any additional prosecutorial demands made upon the office. Must maintain the confidentiality of the department at all times.

Supervision Received and Exercised: The position receives supervision from the Bastrop County Criminal District Attorney or his felony Chief and works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Is primarily responsible for prosecuting all State Jail Felonies and alcohol related felonies (except for intoxication assault and manslaughter) and any other felony cases as requested based upon experience and caseloads.
  2. Performs legal research; subpoenas witnesses; negotiate pleas.
  3. Makes themselves available to discuss resolution of pending cases with defense counsel.
  4. Prepares legal opinions, petitions, trial briefs, and other legal instruments as necessary.
  5. Prepare cases for trial and represents the State in such matters.
  6. Conducts pre-trial evidentiary hearings.
  7. Advises law enforcement officers on legal matters and on the interpretation and application of State laws and regulations.
  8. Does case intake and reviews written offense reports for alleged violations of the law from various agencies for position specific offenses.
  9. Prepares unresolved cases for trial.
  10. Maintains a high level of organization while performing job related duties.
  11. Performs related legal work as assigned.

Knowledge Of: Applicable laws as related to the performance of duties; legal ethics and its application to the practice of criminal law; legal principals, practices and procedures of civil, criminal, and constitutional law; duties, powers, limitations and authority of county and State Government; A variety of legal terminology specific to the prosecution of crime; advising law enforcement officers and officials; Correct use of the English language, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; Standard office policies, procedures, and computer proficiency; Bastrop County policies and procedures.

Ability To:

  • Effectively communicate
  • Work well with others and demonstrate good interpersonal skills
  • De-escalate confrontational situations
  • Organize, interpret and apply legal principles
  • Effectively apply legal knowledge and principles in court
  • Presents statements of law, fact and argument clearly and logically
  • Prepare and present difficult cases in court
  • Properly interpret, understand and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion
  • Conduct business with the public in a professional, courteous manner
  • Function independently, exercise good judgement, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with these contacted in the course of the job
  • Effectively speak in public
  • Operate computer and other office equipment required to perform essential job functions
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision
  • Work irregular working hours
  • Handle exposure to potentially hostile individuals
  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Effectively prepare and use power-point technology

Experience, Education, and Licensing:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Licensed Attorney with some criminal trial experience preferred; Bi-Lingual (English/Spanish) preferred

Education: Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree

Licensing: Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas; Valid Texas driver’s license.

Bastrop County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex, religion or disability in employment or in its activities.  Minorities, Veterans, and Disabled applicants are encouraged to apply. 

A Bastrop County Job Application is required, so please go to our website and complete an application. A resume will be considered, but will not be accepted in lieu of application.  Applications postmarked after the closing date will not be accepted.  Unless otherwise indicated, regular attendance is an essential job requirement of all positions in the county.  This position may require shift work outside the normal business hours and weekends.  All positions requiring a degree and/or licensing require proof of degree and/or license.  Your application for employment with Bastrop County may subject you to a criminal background check. 

IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL APPLICANTS:  Only applicants scheduled for interviews will be contacted.  If you are scheduled for an interview and require any reasonable accommodation in our interview process, please inform the hiring representative who calls you to schedule your interview.  Whenever possible, please give the hiring representative sufficient time to consider and respond to your request.  Thank you for considering employment with Bastrop County.  Visit our website at:  http://www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/co.jobs