Provides a full range of legal services to indigent defendants in the assigned felony, family, juvenile or mental health cases. Such services include case evaluation, legal advice, plea offers and representing clients in jury trials, non-jury hearings, plea negotiations and dismissals. Conducts legal research, drafts legal documents and interprets laws, rules and regulations. Receives level of oversight, training, and supervision based on experience and expertise in assigned area.
Conducts jury trials, trials before the court and contested matters before the court. Prepares and/or drafts legal documents, including plea papers, motions, briefs and pleadings. Research applicable statutes and case law. Analyzes pending charges and develops defenses. Negotiates plea bargain recommendations with the State. Interviews clients and potential witnesses, discusses facts and applicable law with clients. Reviews evidence and inspects crime scenes, prepares investigative requests and makes home visits. Documents client files, prepares trial notebooks and maintains statistical information regarding caseload and dispositions. Assists felony and misdemeanor public defenders as needed. Performs other duties as assigned.
Graduation from an accredited law school with a license to practice law in the State of Texas. Two (2) years (6) months experience practicing law required. 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. Standard office environment.
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. This is a part-time regular position that will work in the Appellate Division of the Public Defender's Office. This position is located in the Frank Crowley Courts Building, 133 N. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75207.
Minimum Salary: 44.32
Maximum Salary: 44.32
Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Requisition ID: 003597