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Date Last Verified
ProfileAttorney II Responsibilities : The candidate will perform professional legal work in the prosecution or defense of civil or criminal cases; conducts legal research; provides legal advice and counsel; this is a non-covered position. Represents the Yuma County Attorney, Public Defender in prosecuting or defending persons charged with criminal offenses or in resolving civil legal issues; manages and prioritizes assigned caseload; provides guidance to management on procedural issues; assures that cases are resolved within office policy guidelines. Evaluates law enforcement investigation reports; prosecutes or defends felony crimes from initial charging to sentencing; coordinates with law enforcement agencies; confers with witnesses and victims of crime; performs factual investigations; advises law enforcement officers and witnesses of the requirements of the criminal justice system. Litigates in many legal specialties including employment law; personal injury claims; contract disputes; civil rights actions; voting and elections; tax matters; zoning issues; land use and water rights; mental health hearings; adoption proceedings; civil forfeitures; collection of judgments; and any other fields related to governmental law; participates in all stages of litigation including pleadings, discovery, motion practice, settlement negotiations, jury trials, and post-judgment proceedings; conducts officer/witness/victim/defendant interviews; formulates and offers pleas when appropriate; prepares and conducts preliminary hearings; reviews changes and updates in criminal law; develops trial strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, official documents and other information required to present the case; compiles and presents evidence and exhibits; brings cases before the court and argues facts of the case in relation to points of law, case law and legal precedent; interviews and cross-examines witnesses; prepares sentencing recommendations; conducts legal research; drafts and reviews complaints, briefs, motions and other legal documents; prepares and presents memoranda of law, briefs and other filings and legal documents as required; renders legal advice to defendant/witness/victim; complies with victim notification laws by telephone, letter, and personal contact; advises clients on topics such as personnel issues, implementation of policy, changes in the law, and procurement procedures; oversees and participates in factual investigations related to legal questions and disputes; drafts and advises clients on enacting county ordinances and similar regulations; regular and reliable attendance is required; performs other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements : The candidate should have a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree; AND two (2) years experience as a practicing attorney AND experience in civil or criminal legal practice; must be licensed by the Bar to practice law in the State of Arizona, remain active with all Arizona Bar annual requirements, and maintain a clear criminal record. Must submit a Certificate in Good Standing issued by the Disciplinary Clerk of the Supreme Court of Arizona. Knowledge of: County and Department policies and procedures; State of Arizona civil and criminal statutes, rules, administrative orders, policies and procedures, applicable Federal rules and regulations; administrative and trial court processes, protocols and strategies; legal research methods, techniques, sources, databases and other research tools; legal case management procedures, ethics and techniques; the principles and protocols for the evidentiary gathering of information, documents, financial records and other data that may be used in court. Skill in: Reviewing and assessing legal issues and documents; effectively assessing, interpreting and applying criminal laws to information, evidence and other data compiled; prosecuting cases, developing legal strategy, and presenting legal arguments; verbal and written communication, and exercising judgment and discretion in decision making; establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with attorneys, law enforcement agencies and other participants in the criminal justice process; operating a personal computer, standard office software and specialized legal software programs.
SALARY: $58,343.00 - $72,862.00 Annually
OFFICE OF THE YUMA COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER
168 West Second Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364