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Criminal Law Attorney in Charlottesville, VA

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Company name

City of Charlottesville

Organization Type


Job Type


Practice Area

Criminal Law

Years of Experience

Min 10 yrs required


USA Charlottesville, VA

Date Last Verified

Apr 18,2018

Posted on

Apr 16,2018

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Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney II The candidate will determine the method of and prepare for the prosecution of complex, sensitive, and/or serious criminal cases, occasionally presenting high-profile matters to special grand juries. Prosecute complex, sensitive, and/or serious criminal cases. Prepare legal memorandum, indictments, search warrant affidavits, plea bargain agreements, extradition requests, property forfeiture and property release papers, and other court papers. Research legal issues and maintains familiarity with local, state, and federal laws. May act as primary liaison to county, state, or federal agencies/programs. Maintain contact with the public, with victims and witnesses, and with law enforcement officers. Address media on significant and/or high-profile cases receiving substantial public attention. May serve as a Special Prosecutor throughout the Commonwealth in significant and/or high-profile matters. Prepares and argues pre-trial and post-trial motions; Prepares exhibits and evidence for trial; Examines and cross-examines witnesses; Delivers opening and closing arguments and argues admissibility of evidence; Chooses and prepares jury instructions; Determines trial tactics; Argues sentencing in misdemeanor cases and felony cases. Develops and implements a community prosecution program where attorneys work with specific and targeted neighborhoods to solve public safety problems, prevent crime, and receives, analyzes and appropriately implements feedback into the local justice system. Consults with police, victims, witnesses, and concerned citizens about the disposition of criminal cases and trial testimony. Directs and coordinates the work of police officers in the investigation of matters being prepared for prosecution, providing guidance on search and seizure issues, the constitutionality of police actions, and planning and conducing regular police trainings on a variety of issues. Visits crime scenes; studies scientific analyses and other investigative reports and memoranda. Serves as legal advisor to specialized units within the Police Department such as JADE (firearms and narcotics), ICAC (internet crimes against children), Elder Abuse and Fraud, and the Major Case Division of Investigations (rape, robbery, and homicide). Provides technical legal guidance and mentoring to new attorneys, reviewing and editing court pleadings and appellate briefs; Trains and supervises support staff and victim witness advocates with victim interviews and preparation of court testimony. May be assigned to a one of the legal specializations - Serves as a Drug Treatment Court prosecutor screening applicants, assisting with admissions and terminations, and attending and participating in graduations, responsible for regular Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) supported updates and revisions to Drug Court manual; or Participate as a member of a Sexual Assault Resource Team and a Child Abuse and Neglect Multi-Disciplinary Team, leading investigations and prosecuting charged individuals. Performs other related duties as required or assigned by the Commonwealth's Attorney or designee.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate must have a JD in law from an accredited college or university. Minimum 10 years of experience as a criminal trial attorney or 5 years as a prosecutor, having tried a minimum of ten (10) jury trials. Extensive knowledge of Virginia law, including knowledge needed for and membership to the Virginia State Bar. Thorough knowledge of legal research methods. Thorough knowledge of the Code of Professional Responsibility for attorneys. Thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and related community agencies. Ability to qualify and serve as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) in federal court. Superior ability to analyze, distill, and present to a jury complex cell-phone and electronic device data collected during criminal investigations. Ability to hire and supervise summer and academic year law student interns. Ability to express complex ideas orally and in writing. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with staff, other attorneys, and members of the community. Ability to participate effectively in collaborative projects which utilize staff, members of the criminal justice system, and/or members of the community. A high level of skill in preparing and conducting criminal prosecutions in serious cases. Pre-employment drug testing required. Need to provide proof of identity and eligibility for work in the U.S. in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

Additional info

Job no - 180400004. Apply with resume, cover letter and 3 references.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
City of Charlottesville
605 E. Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: 434-970-3490