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Criminal Law Attorney in Coupeville, WA

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Company name

Island County Prosecuting Attorney

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Job Type


Practice Area

Criminal Law


Coupeville, WA

Date Last Verified

Jun 14,2018

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Jun 13,2018

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District Court Deputy Prosecuting Attorney The candidate will be responsible for prosecuting misdemeanor and felonies committed by juveniles and adults. Review police reports to ensure a complete investigation has been conducted and make appropriate charging decisions. Identify all necessary witnesses and any portions of the investigation which need to be completed and that may require the investigating agency to provide the missing information. Evaluate the strength of the case for trial; review and screen materials to exclude non-discoverable materials before providing discovery of all required materials to the defense attorney; prepare pretrial motions and orders. Ensure that necessary witnesses are subpoenaed for hearings and trials and reissue subpoenas for witnesses due to changes in the court calendar; monitor returns of service of subpoenas to ensure proper service and availability of witnesses at trial. Interview all witnesses prior to trial and prior to any contested hearings, including law enforcement officers, civilian and expert witnesses; coordinate victim and witness trial schedules; coordinate with support staff and law enforcement for the location and transportation of witnesses to and from court; make travel arrangements, reservations for lodging and meals for out-of-area witnesses, including preparation of orders for judge's signature authorizing expenditures. Prepare factual testimony of lay and expert witnesses and exhibits, as well as legal issues that will arise during the course of any hearing or trial. Negotiate agreements with defense attorneys, including homicide, rape, robbery, kidnapping, Three Strikes, Two Strikes, Sexually Violent Predator cases, etc. Responsible for representing the state and arranging court hearings on all necessary matters, including bail reduction hearings, preliminary appearance hearings and pretrial hearings. Responsible for ensuring the completeness and thoroughness of the investigation on the matter at hand and for researching and briefing the court. Responsible for questioning and selection of prospective jurors at trial and for exercising peremptory challenges and challenges for cause within constitutional constraints. Present jury instructions, opening statements and evidence, examine witnesses, and makes closing arguments at trial. Responsible for recommending an appropriate sentence at the sentencing hearing based upon the facts of the case and the applicable sentencing laws. Responsible for defending against any post-conviction motions brought by the defense, including motions for new trial, arrest of Judgment and Sentence and conducting probation violation hearings following conviction. Responsible for representing the state in the criminal appeal process in the Superior Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, including habeas corpus and personal restraint proceedings. Responsible in mental health commitment proceedings for ensuring a complete investigation is conducted, discovery is provided, proper procedures are followed and arrangements are made for the witnesses, including a mental health professional, to appear and testify. Responsible for representing schools in all truancy proceedings, including initial hearings, review hearings, and show cause hearings. Hold meetings with and advise school personnel regarding truancy laws. Draft truancy petitions, motions and orders. Responsible for representing the state in all paternity proceedings, including the motions for summary judgment, default hearings, and trials, as necessary. Draft paternity petitions, motions, orders and child support schedules. Meet with the parties or their counsel on paternity actions prior to court hearings as necessary. Keep current on the laws regarding paternity, including court rules and the current poverty level. Contact the Division of Child Support and the Attorney General's Office for additional information as needed. Responsible for preparing orders as directed by the court. Supervise the maintenance of confidential office files. Responsible for performing work of other Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys on short notice. As the Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys gain experience and have prosecuted District Court cases successfully, they will prosecute increasingly complex and more serious crimes, including juvenile and adult felony cases in Superior Court. Perform other tasks as directed. Bachelor of Arts or Sciences Degree is essential. Should have JD Degree from an accredited law school. Must have experience in prosecuting criminal cases at the misdemeanor level, working with law enforcement agencies, trial courts and appellate courts is necessary before the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney can be assigned the more complicated cases. Application deadline: 06/15/18.

Additional info

Position #2018-042. Send cover letter and resume.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Island County Prosecuting Attorney
Northeast 7th Street
Coupeville, WA 98239
Phone: 360-678-7921