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Assistant Public Defender The candidate must be a Florida Bar member, in good standing, but will consider applicants who have taken the February 2018 Florida Bar exam. Will be responsible for representation of indigent persons charged with crimes, including felonies, misdemeanors and traffic cases for which a sentence of incarceration may be imposed, in all phases of the criminal process from arraignment to post-conviction or appellate relief. Meeting with clients after arrest and obtain their history to make bond arguments to the court. Preparing pre-trial motions such as Notice of Discovery, Motions to Suppress Evidence, and Motions to Dismiss, which are required to be filed and setting hearings to ensure that they are carried out properly. Preparing post-trial matters such as motions to withdraw pleas, motions to reconsider sentence and post-conviction petitions. Interviewing and counseling defendants to discuss the appropriate actions to be taken and which, if any, pre-trial motions should be filed. Maintaining working relationship with clients in person, by phone and by mail contact. Investigating the alleged crime or offense by meeting with witnesses, police officers and reviewing the facts, including depositions. Performing as trial counsel by representing defendants during courtroom proceedings. Researching case law, communicating with defendant to determine trial strategy such as cross-examination procedures, witness selection, jury selection, testimony decisions and opening and closing arguments. Acting as negotiator between the defendant and the State's Attorney's Office to secure acquittals or reach agreement concerning sentence time which would be the most beneficial for the defendant and the State's Attorney's Office.
Requisition No: 30410. Position Number: 21013773
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