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Deputy City Attorney - Prosecution The candidate performs a variety of professional duties involved in providing a full range of legal services related to municipal government prosecution operations; represents the City in criminal proceedings as assigned before courts, investigates, prepares, and prosecutes misdemeanor criminal cases in courts; and advises City departments and staff with respect to criminal legal issues including ordinance issues. Provide legal services in a high volume work load environment in a timely manner. Prosecute misdemeanor and municipal code violations, prepare for pretrial court proceedings; provide discovery pursuant to Montana State law for criminal misdemeanors and municipal code violations including thefts and criminal mischief offenses up to $1,500 in value, DUI's, partner/family member, sexual and general assaults, traffic violations, restitution proceedings; interview witnesses and victims, prepare witnesses for trials, follow rules of evidence, perform research, write legal briefs, file motions and appeals as well as other court documents; practice law in Municipal, District and Montana Supreme Court; develop appropriate plea agreements; litigate cases in jury trials and bench trials; monitor records of people granted suspended sentences, and petition court to revoke suspended sentences when warranted; attend district court civil implied consent refusal hearings; respond to misdemeanor expungement petitions in district court; attend weekend municipal court arraignments on a rotating basis with other staff attorneys. Perform legal research, provide legal advice and prepare legal pleadings and memoranda pertaining to misdemeanor and municipal code violations. Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have JD degree from an American Bar Association approved law school. Should preferably have 2+ years of increasingly responsible professional legal experience in prosecution services municipal or other government law, or the equivalent. Member in good standing with the Montana State Bar and license to practice law in the state is required. Prosecutorial experience is preferred. Knowledge of criminal law, city ordinances, rules of evidence, court procedures and practices is needed. Knowledge of local, state and federal laws and court procedures, with emphasis on local government operations is essential. Knowledge and ability to promote safe work practices and ensure compliance with City safety policies is needed. Skill in preparing cases for trial, negotiating plea agreements, and litigating cases are needed. Skill in understanding and interpreting laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines are needed. Skill in conducting complex legal research and preparing pleadings, motions, other documents and correspondence is needed.
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