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ProfileAttorney I The candidate performs responsible professional entry level legal work involved in the performance of professional legal services included in reviewing, preparing, prosecuting, and/or defending cases in a court in the State of Arizona and in preparing and reviewing a variety of legal documents and giving legal advice to assigned departments. In a learning and training capacity, an employee will assist and perform (as level of understanding and experience are gained in fulfilling routine duties, increasingly independent action and decisions in accordance with established procedures and regulations may be authorized. Prosecutes or defends DUI, traffic offenses, misdemeanors, minor felonies, etc. As a defense attorney, may also represent some felon defendants or preliminary hearings and pre-trial motions. As a prosecution or civil attorney, represents the County in civil cases initiated by or against the County. Interviews and advises complainants, victims and witnesses in regard to prospective criminal or civil action which have been assigned to the County Attorney in varying locals such as office, homes, hospital, crime scenes, and correctional facilities. Interviews and advises indigent defendants and witnesses in regard to defense cases which have been assigned to the Public Defender (includes Legal Defense) in varying locales such as office, homes, hospital, crime scenes, and correctional facilities. Performs legal research and studies. Reviews compiled facts; interprets and applies laws, court decisions and legal points and authorities for use in the preparation and presentation of cases, opinions and briefs for the prosecution or the defense. Prepares legal pleadings such as complaints, answers, writs, demurrers, discovery, judgments and motions. Attends preliminary hearings and trials and prosecutes or defends a variety of cases before County and state courts. Maintains chronological charts, forms, folders, and other related documents, notating and documenting accurate, up-to-date information. Confers with and advises County officials, employees and representatives on legal questions. Drafts ordinances, resolutions and other legislative measures. Confers with investigators regarding the collection of facts and evidence. Attends pretrial law enforcement lineups. Attends arraignments, preliminary hearings, hearings, and trials and defends indigent clients in a variety of cases before County and State courts. Dictates legal instruments, correspondence and reports. Communicates and acts in a professional manner with the public, co-workers, and work contacts. Performs related work as required. Performs special assignments as requested. Analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents and to effectively present such materials in writing and orally in all facets of the assignments including before courts. Understand and interpret constitutional provisions, statutes, cases, administrative regulations and precedents. Understand, interpret and apply pertinent federal, state and local rules, regulations, procedures and policies regarding legal work and services to include departmental procedures and requirements. Read, interpret and apply technical materials encountered as a result of work assignments. Prepare, present and conduct trial defenses and appeals effectively. Perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation. Determine alternative courses of action.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must be licensed to Practice Law in the State of Arizona. Should have knowledge of: Mohave County Personnel Policies and Procedures, and Department Regulation. Principles of civil and criminal law and of the methods and practices of pleading and trial advocacy. Judicial procedures and of the rules of evidence. Must have skill in: Principles, methods, materials, practices, and references utilized in legal research and presentation. Interviewing and investigative techniques. Should have ability to: Comply with Mohave County Merit Rules, Administrative Procedures and Department Regulations.
Mohave County Public Defender
P.O. Box 7000
Kingman, AZ 86402