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Criminal Law Attorney in San Rafael, CA

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Company name

Marin County District Attorney

Organization Type


Job Type


Practice Area

Criminal Law

Years of Experience

Min 1 yrs required


San Rafael, CA

Date Last Verified

Aug 07,2018

Posted on

Aug 06,2018

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Deputy District Attorney I/II DUTIES: Prosecutes misdemeanor and felony criminal cases and civil cases. Screens misdemeanor and felony violations and other cases. Conducts pre-trial interviews with victims, witnesses, defense attorneys and arresting officers. Negotiates with defendants and defense attorneys. Prepares cases for trial. Refuses or approves, and issues complaints in misdemeanor matters. Advises law enforcement agencies in legal and evidentiary matters prior to issuance of criminal complaints. Interviews and advises complainants and witnesses. May prepare search warrants and arrest warrants. Assists police officers in drafting affidavits in support of a search warrant. May be “on-call” after regular office hours to prepare search warrants, give advice to police agencies or respond to crime scenes as required. Researches, analyzes and interprets existing laws and ordinances, Court decisions, pending legislation, legislative history, and other legal authorities. Assists in drafting legislation for special County and State projects. Evaluates and provides opinions for legislators regarding bills that are pending in the legislature. Works directly with State legislators in drafting emergency legislation as needed. Prepares and reviews briefs, memoranda, opinions and civil and criminal pleadings. Conducts mediation and citation hearings to resolve legal problems without further Court action. Confers with defense attorneys, probation authorities, Court officials and law enforcement agencies to discuss pleas, modification of charges, presentation and review of evidence and other legal matters. Advises the general public, State and local departments and law enforcement officers on civil and criminal issues and proceedings. Advises and directs law enforcement agencies on questions of law in criminal investigation matters. Acts as a liaison to residents of the County. Responds to questions regarding crime in the community. Evaluates facts and reviews police reports to determine whether any crimes have been committed, whether an investigation is warranted and whether crimes can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Acts as a liaison to the County’s schools, police departments, county boards and commissions and non-profit agencies. Appears at schools and community meetings. Prepares and assists in representing the State’s interest in civil consumer protection cases under supervision. May give direction to clerical, research and investigative staff.

Qualification and Experience

QUALIFICATIONS: JD Degree. 1 year of progressively responsible experience as a Deputy District Attorney or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Current active membership in the State Bar of California is required. KNOWLEDGE OF: Criminal law and civil law. Rules of evidence. Trial and court procedures. Legal principles and research methods commensurate with the level of experience of the class. State and local laws and ordinances. Legal research methods. Preparation of briefs. Standard legal office practices and procedures. The duties, powers and limitations of the District Attorney’s office. Prosecutorial ethics. ABILITY TO: Interview a variety of individuals and solicit needed information to determine facts and circumstances. Develop effective prosecution strategies. Analyze cases and apply legal principles. Present statements of law clearly and logically in written and verbal form. Present an effective prosecution in court. Manage clear, concise, accurate and effective legal, policy and procedural guidelines using sound independent judgment within established legal, policy and procedural guidelines. Communicate logically and effectively with a diverse group of clients, witnesses, judges, law enforcement officials, other attorneys and employees of various agencies and departments. Demonstrate patience, tact, courtesy and compassion. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Work cooperatively with colleagues to accomplish the policies and goals of the office. Recognize and evaluate approaches to situations of a potentially sensitive nature. Analyze legal principles and precedents and to apply them to complex factual legal problems. Present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form. Draft opinions, pleadings, and briefs. Communicate and cooperate with fellow staff members, agency representatives, judicial officers and the general public. Exercise independent judgment, discretion and initiative, especially in the charging and plea negotiation of criminal violations and the application of limited law enforcement resources. Comply with laws, regulations and professional practices governing prosecution programs and services. Work accurately and swiftly under pressure. Travel to locations within and outside of the County to interview individuals, gather information, attend training sessions and other job related meetings. Use standard office equipment, including computers and information systems utilized in the performance of the work. Work in a standard office environment. Keep detailed and accurate records. Compose and disseminate correspondence as required.
TERM: 12 months
CLOSING DATE: 08/15/18 04:00 PM
Please note, the current grant period for this position is funded through September 30, 2019 and the department must reapply on an annual basis for continued funding. Per PMR 48.2, fixed term employees are not subject to Reduction in Force rights at the completion of the term.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Marin County District Attorney
3501 Civic Center Drive
Room 130
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: 415-473-2126