Attorney V

Job Description

Brief Description 
Supervises the operations of an assigned court and/or assigned cases including staff supervision, evaluation and training. 
 
Detailed Description 
Manages the court docket by assigning cases and work to felony prosecutors, attorneys and other staff. Authorizes reduction in level or class of offenses, recommends PR bonds, approves granting of probation and signs various types of dismissals.
 
Resolves disputes between the court, defense attorneys and staff, and determines appropriate actions to be taken for unusual, extremely serious or complex situations.
 
Ensures that records and documents are accurate, up-to-date and processed in accordance with standard procedures.
 
Evaluates assigned cases or lawsuits by:
• reviewing documentation,
• conducting and interpreting legal research on applicable law, rules and regulations,
• interviewing witnesses or persons with knowledge of the cases,
• gathering evidence, and
• determining the appropriate action(s) to be taken.
 
Drafts, files and responds to motions, briefs or other legal documents for trials and/or hearings.
 
Explains legal process to potential witnesses, prepares witnesses for court testimony and ensures clients or victims/families are kept informed on status of case.
 
Gathers, prepares and presents evidence, exhibits and related materials for trials or hearings.
 
Represents the State or clients in pre-trials, evidentiary hearings and jury/court trials by:
• conducting jury selection,
• presenting opening statements,
• conducting direct and cross-examinations of witnesses,and
• presenting closing arguments.
 
Assesses strengths and weaknesses of cases, negotiates settlements or plea-bargains and obtains approval, if necessary, of plea-bargain agreements
 
Prepares legal documents if settlements or plea-bargain agreements are reached and ensures proper signatures are secured and documents filed as required.
 
Conducts presentations at conferences and seminars; instructs law enforcement and other criminal justice personnel in legal aspects of investigations, prosecutions and other litigation; and speaks before community and citizens groups.
 
Performs other duties as assigned. 
 
Job Requirements 
Graduation from an accredited law school. Four (4) years of experience practicing law. Requires a current license to practice law in the State of Texas. Requires experience as lead prosecutor for more-complex felony cases, as lead counsel in conjunction with more serious or complex civil litigation, or extensive appellate work on direct appeals and capital writs. Standard office and court environment. This is an “At Will” position with no civil service or other appellate rights. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. 
 
Additional Details 
An extensive pre-employment background investigation will be conducted on all applicants who have been offered a position with Dallas County. The hiring process involves successful completion of each step. The steps include: Criminal History Review, Traffic Violations Record, Review of Personal History Statement and Documents, Physical Examination, and Background Investigation. Dallas County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, National Service Alumni volunteers, and persons with a criminal background are encouraged to apply. 
 
Minimum Salary: 8446.39
 
Maximum Salary: 10554.84
 
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