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Senior Assistant Public Defender Duties : Performs difficult professional work providing legal services to indigent citizens accused of crimes; does related work as required. Work is performed under the regular supervision of the Deputy or Chief Public Defender. This is sedentary work requiring the exertion of up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects; work requires walking and vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to inside environmental conditions. Interviewing clients; researching issues of law and evidence; preparing defenses against criminal prosecutions; appearing in court to present defense; preparing and maintaining files and records. Interviews clients, witnesses and law enforcement officials. Counsels clients on nature of charge or charges against them, possible consequences of conviction on the charges, the nature of prosecutor's case and evidence. Discusses defenses which might be avoidable and the nature of various proceedings. Informs clients of possible time table, how to prepare for proceedings and their constitutional rights. Discusses charges with prosecution, police officials, alleged victims and witnesses. Negotiates charges with attorneys from the Solicitor's Office. Researches issues of law and evidence, reads cases and legal treatises, prepares memoranda applying legal principles to the circumstances and arguing the issue. Makes preparations to appear in court as advocate for client in bond hearings, preliminary or detention hearings, trials, pleas, post-conviction relief hearings and motions. Presents arguments and representations on behalf of clients, examines and re-examines witnesses and makes appropriate motions. Performs related tasks as required.
Qualification and Experience
Qualification : The candidate must have any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from a law school of recognized standing and some experience in the practice of law, preferably defense law experience. Must have Licensed to practice law in the State of South Carolina and qualified for court appearance. Requires thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of law and of State laws; thorough knowledge of legal research and the investigation, preparation and presentation of cases for trial; thorough knowledge of legal office procedures, practices and methods; ability to communicate complex ideas effectively both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, court officials, State and local law enforcement officials, members of the bar, fellow employees and the general public; ability to handle trial and appellate litigations; ability to prepare and render legal opinions.
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