Mesa County, Colorado – County Court Deputy District Attorney
SALARY: $75,088.32 – 107,106.96, annually
JOB SUMMARY: Participates in the legal process involving criminal law violations. Drafts and responds to legal motions; researches legal issues; analyzes cases; negotiates with opposing counsel. Researches and prepares appellate briefs for the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
(The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. Mesa County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time. All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)
- Prosecutes and handles a caseload of county court criminal cases. Drafts/responds to legal motions; researches legal issues; analyzes cases; prepares and presents witnesses at motions hearings and trials to the court and jury.
- Meets with judges, law enforcement, probation, and the general public to identify and, where possible, resolve judicial system problems.
- Receives and reviews law enforcement reports, filings, search warrants, arrest warrants, and affidavits.
- Consults with law enforcement regarding reports and additional follow up.
- Prepares for and litigates various motions.
- Discusses plea bargains with opposing counsel.
- Drafts complaints for filing with the court.
- Files complaints with court.
- Consults with victims regarding case filings and subsequent prosecution. Ensures that victims are properly notified of court hearings, and that their input is solicited on case dispositions pursuant to the Victim Rights Act.
- Files documents; prepares for trial; prepares witnesses and exhibits; tries cases; and attends sentencing hearings.
- Serves on related boards and participates in appropriate task forces.
- Serves on 24-hour call for questions and advice.
- Maintains professional competence and training by attending related ongoing continuing education opportunities.
- Clearly and effectively communicates orally and in writing.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Education and Experience:
Juris Doctorate. Related professional experience desired.
Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job.
Licenses and Certifications:
Current Colorado Supreme Court license to practice law.
We may have availability for individuals who are waiting for Colorado bar results.
Successful candidates may apply for reimbursement of relocation expenses up to $2500.00.
This position is eligible for the following Mesa County benefits;
- Paid Sick and Vacation Leave
- Life insurance