Attorney I

  • MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ
  • Mohave, Arizona
  • Nov 18, 2019
Full Time Legal Services
  • Salary: $61,360.00 - $95,243.20 Annually

Job Description

Job Summary

Mohave County Attorney's Office is currently accepting applications for an Attorney I in the Criminal Division.

The Typical Hiring Salary is $65,600 Annually.

Performs responsible, professional entry level legal work involved in the performance of professional legal services included in reviewing, preparing, prosecuting, and/or defending cases in a court in the State of Arizona and in preparing and reviewing a variety of legal documents and giving legal advice to assigned departments. An employee in this class may not have ultimate responsibility for important legal decisions and trial work. This class is typically used as a training class in that incumbents may have only limited or no directly related work experience. Incumbents are expected to progress to the journey level with appropriate training, experience and satisfactory job performance.

REPORTS TO
Higher Level of Authority

SUPERVISION EXERCISED
As skill and experience are gained in fulfilling routine duties, increasingly independent action and decisions in accordance with established procedures and regulations may be authorized.


Essential Job Functions

  • In learning and training capacity, an employee will assist and perform (as level of understanding and experience increases) in any or all of the examples of work performed by a journey level Attorney II and primarily those work examples that are pertinent to the assigned Department/Division.
  • Prosecutes or defends DUI, traffic offenses, misdemeanors, minor felonies, etc. As a defense attorney, may also represent some felony defendants for preliminary hearings and pre-trial motions.
  • As a prosecution or civil attorney, represents the County in civil cases initiated by or against the County.
  • Interviews and advises complainants, victims and witnesses in regard to prospective criminal or civil action which have been assigned to the County Attorney in varying locals such as office, homes, hospital, crime scenes, and correctional facilities.
  • Interviews and advises indigent defendants and witnesses in regard to defense cases which have been assigned to the Public Defender (includes Legal Defense) in varying locales such as office, homes, hospital, crime scenes, and correctional facilities.
  • Performs legal research and studies.
  • Reviews facts compiled and interprets and applies laws, court decisions and legal points and authorities for use in the preparation and presentation of cases, opinions and briefs for the prosecution or the defense.
  • Prepares legal pleadings such as complaints, answers, writs, demurrers, discovery, judgments and motions.
  • Attends preliminary hearings and trials and prosecutes or defends a variety of cases before County and state courts.
  • Maintains chronological charts, forms, folders, and other related documents, notating and documenting accurate, up-to-date information.
  • Confers with and advises County officials, employees and representatives on legal questions.
  • Drafts ordinances, resolutions and other legislative measures.
  • Confers with investigators regarding the collection of facts and evidence
  • Attends pretrial law enforcement lineups.
  • Attends arraignments, preliminary hearings, hearings, and trials and defends indigent clients in a variety of cases before County and State courts.
  • Dictates legal instruments, correspondence and reports.
  • Communicates and acts in a professional manner with the public, co-workers, and work contacts.
SECONDARY JOB FUNCTIONS
  • Performs special assignments as requested.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Exercise regular and predictable attendance and punctuality in accordance with Mohave County Personnel Policies and Procedures.


Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma /GED (General Education Degree).
  • Admission to the Bar of the State of Arizona and eligibility to practice law before the courts of the State of Arizona.
  • OR any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered in meeting the minimum qualifications.
SPECIAL JOB REQUIREMENT
  • Possession of a certificate of admission to the Bar of the State of Arizona.
  • Willingness to attain additional knowledge of legal, judicial and other job-related fields through reading of related information and materials and attending training and educational classes.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license for operation of motor vehicles on Arizona roads at the start of employment and maintain said license while employed in this position.
  • Provide acceptable driving history at no cost to the County.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of civil and criminal law and of the methods and practices of pleading and trial advocacy.
  • Judicial procedures and of the rules of evidence.
  • Principles, methods, materials, practices, and references utilized in legal research and presentation.
  • Interviewing and investigative techniques.
  • Mohave County Personnel Policies and Procedures, and Department Regulation.
Skill in:
  • Principles, methods, materials, practices, and references utilized in legal research and presentation.
  • Interviewing and investigative techniques.
Ability to:
  • Analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents and to effectively present such materials in writing and orally in all facets of the assignments including before courts.
  • Understand and interpret constitutional provisions, statutes, cases, administrative regulations and precedents.
  • Understand, interpret and apply pertinent federal, state and local rules, regulations, procedures and policies regarding legal work and services to include departmental procedures and requirements.
  • Read, interpret and apply technical materials encountered as a result of work assignments.
  • Deal with problems which may be controversial or sensitive in nature.
  • Prepare, present and conduct trial defenses and appeals effectively.
  • Determine alternative courses of action.
  • Present and argue cases in court and handle unanticipated problems smoothly.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with persons of diverse ethnic, educational and economic backgrounds.
  • Maintain objectivity and freedom from prejudice.
  • Deal with problems which may be controversial or sensitive in nature.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Understand and grasp ideas quickly and follow instructions with initiative and exercise good judgment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and documentation.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Comply with Mohave County Personnel Policies and Procedures, and Department Regulations.

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