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Deputy Prosecuting Attorney II The candidate will handle felony cases, typically Class B or The candidate felonies, though may also handle occasional A felony cases. Screens, reviews, and evaluates factual and legal bases prior to filing felony cases; requests further investigation by law enforcement as necessary; makes filing decisions and prepares charges to be filed. Prepares for motion hearings and trial through witness interviews, legal research, and investigation of facts and information; drafts, prepares, and files appropriate legal documents. Also consults with law enforcement personnel regarding cases. Evaluates cases for appropriate disposition; prepares for and participates in plea negotiations with defense counsel as necessary. Organizes for trial preparation; drafts and files legal documents and prepares questions and arguments necessary for hearings or trials; notifies and interviews witnesses; reviews evidence. Presents and conducts courtroom proceedings; determines strategy, organization, evidence presentation, appearance of witnesses, and jury instructions. Provides technical advice and assistance to law enforcement officers, as needed, in the preparation of search warrants, assuring legality of documents. Carries an appellate case load of cases prosecuted to conviction along with other assigned appeals cases. Answers questions and provides information to the public, victims, and others regarding general legal principles, the court process, and other related matters. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must be Law school graduate with 3+ years of criminal experience or any combination of education and experience which would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job. Must be a Member, in good standing, with the Washington State Bar. Must have eligibility for coverage under the County’s insurance carrier based on successful completion of a criminal history background check. Must have ability to prosecute a broad range of difficult and complex adult felony criminal cases in Superior Court. Should have excellent trial skills, an ability to work with both victims of crime and law enforcement, a thorough knowledge of criminal law and procedure, and an ability to handle a heavy caseload with minimal oversight. Criminal deputies prepare and work cases from the initial screening of police reports through trial and appeal. Knowledge of: Washington state criminal and civil law and related local statutes, ordinances, case law, and procedures; the duties and responsibilities of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office; the principles, methods, and practices of legal research and investigation; judicial procedure, search and seizure law, and rules of evidence. Should have ability to conduct legal research, analysis, and investigation of criminal cases. Must have ability to plan, prepare, present, and conduct case strategies for criminal cases. Should have ability to interpret and explain codes, statutes, ordinances, and procedures.
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