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Deputy Public Defender - Felony vacancy in Twin Falls County

Posted on: 22 Nov 2018 92 views
: Deputy Public Defender
: Twin Falls County
: http://www.twinfallscounty.org
: Idaho City
: J.D

 

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Job Description:CLASSIFICATION SUMMARY
This is an experienced attorney position responsible for the defense of indigent individuals charged with felony crimes.   Assignments may be made to defend specific types of cases such as narcotics, DUI, property crimes, domestic violence, juvenile crime or other crimes Duties include reviewing facts and circumstances of assigned cases to determine appropriate action; attending first appearances and ongoing court proceedings; negotiating resolutions, meeting with accused, family of accused and potential witnesses, attending pretrial conferences, preparing briefs, reviewing rules of procedure and evidence, researching case law, preparing cases for trial, trying cases before judges and juries, preparing and presenting sentencing arguments, handling appeals, post-conviction cases, probation violations and parole hearings.  The Deputy Public Defender handles the less complex felony cases independently and assists the Senior Public Defender and/or the Chief Deputy on more complex cases.   The work is performed under the direction of the Public Defender, but considerable latitude is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative and assistance is available from other staff if needed.  The principal duties of the class are performed in a general office and courtroom environment.  Due to the nature of this position, an employee may receive phone calls after normal working hours about legal issues that arise.
  Duties / Responsibilities:ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (illustrative only and may vary by assignment)

  • Represents indigent clients in felony criminal cases including, but not limited to; screening cases, meeting the accused, family of accused and potential witnesses, attending multiple court proceedings, organizing the case file, developing trial strategy, preparing and arguing briefs and motions, preparing evidence, preparing for jury trial, presenting the defense case to the jury, etc.
  • Reviews facts and circumstances of assigned cases;
  • Negotiates with judges and prosecuting attorneys on appropriate disposition of cases;
  • Represents clients at pretrial conferences, trials, disposition hearings, Department of Corrections review hearings, post disposition hearing and through appeal.;
  • Determines and makes appropriate legal motions and enters appropriate pleas;
  • Interviews the accused person, other affected parties and witnesses;
  • Consults with parents, school representatives, Health and Welfare, family services, mental health counselors, probation officers and other stakeholders;
  • Orders investigations and subpoenas;
  • Prepares statements of mitigation under determinate sentencing laws;
  • Directs staff in the preparation of pleadings, forms, orders, motions, legal memorandums and other paperwork;
  • Prepares mental, medical and other defenses for jury trials;
  • Performs complex legal research; oversees the work of assigned staff regarding work on assigned cases;
  • Consults with experts for preparation of reports and for services during jury trials;
  • Prepares briefs, writs, subpoenas, appeals and other legal documents in preparation for court hearings;
  • Prepares memoranda and legal opinions on a variety of issues presented by Prosecutors;
  • Assists senior prosecutors with the more complex criminal cases;
  • Represents clients in alternative courts;
  • Performs time management and scheduling functions, meet deadlines, and set project priorities;
  • Responds to Commissioners', County employees' and citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate co-workers to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality in all cases;
  • Interacts with County employees, customers, visitors and the general public effectively and professionally;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with County policies, procedures and safety practices.

 
SECONDARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attends training to comply with continuing legal education requirements of the Idaho State Bar;
  • Cover hearings for other attorneys who may be unavailable;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


 Qualifications:CLASSIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required for an individual to satisfactorily perform each essential duty satisfactorily and be successful in the position.
 
Knowledge of:

  • Constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedures, rules of evidence and professional ethics;
  • Legal, court, and judicial procedures, rules, terminology, methods, documents, practices, and objectives;
  • Applicable county, state, and federal laws, statutes, ordinances, and codes;
  • Legal research methods;
  • Negotiation techniques and methods;
  • English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and composition.

 
Skill and Ability to:

  • Analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence, and precedents in determining the various aspects, alternatives, and possible outcomes of cases;
  • Present material to opponents and develop an appropriate legal strategy;
  • Appear without assistance in court and other judicial proceedings and present evidence, arguments, testimony, and witnesses before a judge or jury;
  • Make significant/substantial legal decisions in individual cases based on a combination of factors including the law, policy, and rules of ethics;
  • Negotiate complex legal issues;
  • Bring interested and affected parties to consensus;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, for purposes of advocating, persuading, negotiating, and counseling for or on behalf of the County;
  • Determine alternative courses of action, and possible courses of action of opponents;
  • Present and argue cases and to handle unanticipated problems smoothly and effectively;
  • Proficiently operate computers, software programs, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or similar office software to create documents and other materials, maintain information, and generate reports.
  • Listen carefully to, understand, and effectively communicate through oral, written, and interpersonal communication channels.
  • Follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Work independently and exercise initiative, with general guidance and supervision. 
  • Use good judgment to make sound and reasonable decisions and problem-solving skills to respond to customer service needs in accordance with laws, ordinances, regulations and established policies.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor at all times;
  • Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Demonstrate integrity and ingenuity the performance of assigned tasks and solving problems;
  • Perform all duties in accordance with County policies and procedures with regard for personal safety and that of other employees and the public.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Spanish Speaker preferred.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree, and;
  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with a Juris Doctorate Degree, and;
  • License to practice law in the State of Idaho, and 
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities to successfully perform the essential functions of the position may be considered.
  • Must successfully pass background investigation relevant to the position and remain in good standing for the duration of employment with the County.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT: 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this classification.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
 
While performing the duties of this classification, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, stoop, kneel, bend, use hands to keyboard or type, handle materials , or manipulate tools used in performing the classification, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this classification include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing abilities required by this classification includes those which permit the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively in person, by telephone. While performing the duties of this classification, the employee works in an office and courtroom setting where the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  An employee in this classification often works more hours than a normal 40 hour workweek and is exposed to emotional people who may create fear of personal safety.

Twin Falls County requires a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check for all positions. Some positions also require other pre-employment testing such as a physical abilities test, pre-employment physical, etc.

Apply online www.twinfallscounty.org 


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