The candidate conducts initial case evaluations as assigned; reviews case file and analyzes the facts and evidence of the case; may assess client eligibility and needs; reviews criminal histories; determines the appropriateness of diversion, dismissal, or charges; reviews the accuracy of jurisdiction, venue, and scope of arrest powers; ensures sufficient probable cause; prepares or reviews charges and discovery, and prepares for all court hearings or arraignments. Investigates, analyzes, and prepares assigned cases for hearings and trials; may interview clients in and out of custody; requests and inspects records and evidence; prepares graphics and exhibits; makes investigative requests and follows up on leads; obtains and reviews scientific results and analysis; identifies and interviews witnesses and alibis; observes crime scenes; subpoenas witnesses and prepares them for trial; may prepare clients for trial; determines the need for, procures, and interviews expert witnesses; assesses the need for psychological/psychiatric evaluation of client; anticipates legal issues; assists in the development of case strategies; and presents cases to superiors.
Represents clients or the State of Georgia at arraignments, preliminary and pre-trial hearings and conferences, motion hearings, jury and bench trials, probation and sentencing, post-adjudication/post-conviction hearings, alternative and diversion programs, specialty courts, or any related courtroom proceedings; prepares and argues motions and evidence; negotiates and presents plea resolutions; negotiates at all stages on behalf of the client; advises clients or victims regarding the acceptance or rejection of plea offers; and assists with jury selection, opening and closing statements, evidence presentation, witness questioning, and bond/sentencing recommendations as assigned. Communicates with and serves as a liaison to clients, victims, families, witnesses, and/or community partners; develops attorney-client relationship; provides information and updates regarding case status; makes appropriate referrals; requests victim advocates and assists them as needed; and explains and advises regarding the investigative and judicial process. Conducts research and documentation for assigned cases; researches relevant case law and interprets in relation to the facts of the case; researches the terms, procedures, or science used in other fields; prepares briefs and motions and responses to same; writes case summaries; drafts complaints, accusations, indictments, jury charges, and supporting documents; and makes trial notes. Manages assigned caseload; attends scheduled court appearances; creates new case files; inputs and records case-related data and notes; logs case activities; closes files; receives and reviews calendars; and coordinates with court administration, clients, witnesses, experts, and others. Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge in appropriate legal fields; attends conferences, seminars, meetings, and training events relevant to the area of expertise; keeps abreast of legal changes; and participates in professional organizations. Coordinates with community partners and the public to support and promote criminal justice efforts and crime prevention initiatives; educates and informs the community about the criminal justice system; may supervise and mentor student interns; and conducts and attends meetings with schools, government organizations, healthcare providers, interest groups, or other community partners.
Juris Doctorate Degree required; one year of experience in criminal justice, legal, or related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license, and must possess and maintain a license from the Georgia State Bar Association.
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030