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Assistant County Attorney The candidate under general supervision of the County Attorney, the Assistant County Attorney is responsible to prosecute criminal, traffic, juvenile delinquency, child dependency and termination of parental rights cases for the County; represent the County at Commitment Hearings, child support and paternity cases; provides legal counsel to the County Board and departments; and performs other duties as apparent or assigned. Plans, prepares and directs prosecution of defendants including, but not limited to: interviewing witnesses; preparing witnesses, jury instructions; negotiating settlements; issuing complaints; analyzing evidence; and conducting hearings. Provides competent legal counsel to the all County departments and officials. Provides training to law enforcement officers in arrest and search procedures and changes in the law. Performs legal research as required. Conducts Child in Protective Services (CHIPS) and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) trials. Processes guardianship/conservatorships/probate at the request of Human Services. Professionally represents the public interest in court proceedings; receives and reviews criminal complaint reports with the involved officers. Prepares formal criminal complaints. Establishes general procedures for prosecution, diversions and arrests with attorney. Pursues restitution on behalf of crime victims, where appropriate. Establishes general best practices procedures for felony prosecutions with attorney. Receives juvenile complaints; prepares delinquency petitions according to report of incident. Attends juvenile court proceedings; presents case and calls witnesses. Initiates paternity suits; enforces child support obligations working with related staff. Evaluates potential chemical dependency/mental illness commitments with social services staff; reviews evidence and witnesses. Files chemical dependency and mental illness, primarily mental illness, petitions with the Court. Attends and represents the County in probable cause and commitment hearings; presents evidence of problems, doctors’ opinions and social services report. Requests voluntary commitment where appropriate. Meets with and answers questions for members of the public about legal matters. Serves on job related committees, task forces and boards. Explains commitment procedures to family members. Performs physical demands and work environment requirements for this position. Effective and respectful communication and interactions with other employees, supervisors, individuals from other organizations and citizen customers. Dependable attendance during regularly scheduled work hours and outside regular hours as necessary. Annually participates in professional staff development to maintain and improve proficiency. Attends and participates in professional organizations from other counties and states to acquire best practices and maintains professionalism. Performs other related functions as specified in Minnesota Statutes, as required by the County Board, assigned, or apparent. Should have Juris Doctorate. Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota. Must have basic computer skills and software programs. Should have knowldge of civil, criminal, constitutional, administrative, contractual, real estate, and tax, laws.
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