Public Defender AttorneyPosition Title: Public Defender Attorney
Posted: July 24, 2020
Company: Wayne County Government
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Incumbent serves as Attorney for the Public Defender Department, responsible for providing defense and legal counsel to individuals accused of crimes.
Provides legal counsel and criminal defense to individuals charged with Murder, all levels and classes of felonies and misdemeanors, and violations of probation.
Provides legal counsel and defense for juvenile offenders in delinquency cases, as well as for children and parents in CHINS and Termination of Parental Rights cases. Also assigned to other legal matters as needed and as assigned by the Judges of the Wayne Circuit and Superior Courts.
Interviews clients and gathers information.
Interviews witnesses for formal legal discovery.
Researches suppression issues in cases.
Negotiates with Prosecutors to determine best resolution of cases.
Meets with clients to discuss negotiations and pre-sentence reports.
Prepares clients for mercy plea hearings and trials.
Attends plea and sentencing hearings.
Reviews advance sheets for law changes and conducts legal research. Attends legal seminars to meet required continuing education laws.
Prepares related trial work for court and jury.
Performs related duties as assigned by the Judges of the Wayne Circuit and Superior Courts.
I. JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Doctoral Degree in Jurisprudence and Indiana license to practice law.
Must be at least 21 years of age.
Thorough knowledge of criminal law, juvenile law, constitutional law, and federal, state, and local laws/ordinances, with the ability to effectively administer department operations, counsel clients, and argue cases before the court.
Knowledge of standard legal procedures and practices of Wayne County courts and Public Defender’s Office.
Ability to use standard office equipment, including computer, printer, calculator, and transcriber/dictaphone.
Ability to compare or observe similarities and differences between data, people, or things.
Ability to analyze, evaluate, observe, diagnose, and investigate.
Ability to coordinate, place, make determinations, take action based on data analysis.
Ability to understand and follow oral or written instructions, write notes, and request supplies in writing or orally.
Ability to file, post, mail materials, copy data from one document to another and to interview to obtain information.
Ability to prepare presentations and interview/counsel/advise people.
Ability to write detailed reports, such as motions and briefs.
Job Type: Full Time
II. DIFFICULTY OF WORK:
Incumbent defends individuals in accordance with legal requirements, exercising judgment to effectively research and investigate cases, prepare, and argue cases before the court, and ensure most appropriate defense as individual cases demand. Incumbent’s work involves a range of duties often requiring careful consideration of a variety of circumstances and involves multiple choices and interrelationships.
Incumbent works under general supervision with assignments guided by broad policies and general objectives. Incumbent’s performance is reviewed primarily for compliance with legal requirements and attainment of objectives. Incumbent uses judgment to regularly make decisions in absence of policy, subject only to guidance from the Courts.
Incumbent reports directly to assigned Judge(s).
Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
Career Level: mid level
How To Apply: http://www.co.wayne.in.us
$75,306.00/annually with a six month review to possible increase to $80,306.00.
Health, Dental, Prescription Drug, Vision, life insurance, voluntary term life insurance, Perf, Short-term disability, Hoosier Start.
This is an exempt position.
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