Dep District Attorney V (#314010)
$94.15-$114.44 Hourly / $16,319.74-$19,836.78 Monthly / $195,836.90-$238,041.40 Yearly
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Under general direction, organizes and leads the work  of  others and  participates  in  the  practice of criminal/civil law in the prosecution of individuals  accused  of  violating  state  and/or local  laws; performs related duties as required; participates as a member of the department's management/supervisory team.


Positions allocated  to  this  class  are  characterized  by  the responsibility  to  lead  others or perform difficult assignments involving complex factual  and  legal  issues.   Assignments may include primary operational responsibility for prosecution of felony and misdemeanor cases.  This class is distinguished from Chief Deputy District Attorney in that the latter is responsible for supervising the operations of a Legal Division.

Essential Duties

1.  Assigns and leads the work of subordinate  attorneys  in  the preparation,  presentation  and,  if  necessary,  the  appeal  of criminal cases;  advises  and  counsels  attorneys  on  available options  or  strategies  to accomplish assigned tasks; supervises assigned support staff; is accountable for the effectiveness  and efficiency of a major legal division within one of the offices of the District Attorney.  

2.  Checks questions of law and  counsels  attorneys  on  defense strategy; reviews, assigns and evaluates disposition of difficult and politically sensitive cases; reviews felony  cases  filed  to determine  quality  of  case  and  assign  deputy;  refers policy questions to the Department Head.  

3.  Maintains liaison  between  staff,  judges,  law  enforcement officials  and  prosecutors  to  discuss  and  resolve procedural problems affecting assigned unit; assists Department Head in  the development   and   implementation   of  operational  policy  and procedure and/or other administrative matters.  

4.  May be assigned to lead the work of a prosecution team and/or to train other attorneys in practices and procedures specific to prosecution work or assigned work section.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Thorough knowledge of criminal laws, civil codes related to areas of  special  assignments,  code  of civil procedure; and rules of evidence; legal research methods; courtroom and trial procedures; department   policies   and  operations;  effective  interviewing techniques; search  and  seizure  laws;  effective  evidence/data gathering techniques.  

Ability to analyze and  properly  evaluate  evidence  and  cases; interview   witnesses   to   obtain  required  information;  deal effectively with people of various socio-economic backgrounds and temperaments;  work  effectively  with others who have objectives counter to assigned role; communicate effectively  both  verbally and  in  writing;  establish  and  maintain  cooperative  working relationships;  conduct  detailed  legal  research;   understand, interpret  and  explain  laws, regulations and policies governing prosecution of felonies  and  misdemeanors;  make  decisions  and independent judgments; project consequences of decisions; collect data  to  draw   logical   conclusions   and   make   appropriate recommendations;  comply  with laws, regulations and professional practices governing prosecution program services and  operations; secure cooperation and teamwork among professional and/or support staff; organize and prioritize work  assignments;  research  case law,   regulations,   procedures   and/or   technical   reference materials; prepare a wide variety of legal documents; prepare and present  cases  in  court  and at hearings; develop and implement prosecution strategies; present statements  of  law  clearly  and logically  in  both written and verbal form; assess the potential of  hostile  witness  or  victim  testimony;  demonstrate   tact, patience and diplomacy.

Education and Experience

A  minimum  of  one  (1) year  of  criminal  prosecution  and   trial experience  as  a  Deputy  District Attorney IV or its equivalent which demonstrates possession  of  and  competency  in  requisite knowledge  and  abilities.  Seven years (7) of experience in the general practice of law may be substituted for the four (4) years criminal law experience.


Active membership in the California State Bar Association is required.  

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Class C California driver's license may be required.


Independent travel may be required.  

Positions allocated to this class are exempt from the provisions of the County’s Civil Service ordinances.  Incumbents are hired and retained at the pleasure of the appointing authority.  

Incumbents may be required to work outside normal business hours.  

Candidates for positions in this class will be required to pass a background investigation in accordance with applicable law, regulation and/or policy.

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