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Assistant Public Defender I - Magistration

Assistant Public Defender I - Magistration

Assistant Public Defender I - Magistration

Bexar County
San Antonio, TX 78204

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Under general direction of the Chief Public Defender, is responsible for representing defendants during the initial Article 15.17 hearing; supervises support staff; conducts legal research; coordinates with Bexar County Pre-trial services; negotiates with the District Attorney's office on bond amount and conditions; represents defendants before the appropriate Magistrate Judge; and performs related duties as required. This position prefers experience representing clients who have a mental illness or retardation or experience working with this population in any capacity. The successful applicant must be dedicated to the program goal of providing treatment and release as an alternative to detention in the Bexar County Jail. Duties will include considerable personal contact with special needs clients suffering from a wide range of mental illness, retardation or other disorders including serious drug abuse. Contact and communication may be stressful when dealing with clients. Perform related duties as required. Position is excluded from Civil Service

Supervises support staff in the operational aspects of representing indigent defendants at the initial Article 15.17 hearingConsult with jail personnel, mental health experts, treatment providers and pre-trial services and their staffs, on issues related to setting bond amount and conditionsInterviews defendants, obtain information relevant to bond amounts and conditions, research charges and criminal historyAdvise clients on the Article 15.17 hearing, the charges against them, their rights and opportunities for treatmentResearches relevant state statutes and case lawConfers with prosecuting attorneys on bond amounts and conditionsProvide representation of defendants at magistration, which operates on a 24 hours a day/7 days a week basisPerforms related duties as required

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Doctorate of JurisprudenceGood knowledge of criminal defense procedures and techniques; Knowledge and interest in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 15.17 initial magistration and Chapter 17 Bail; good knowledge of the criminal justice system; good knowledge of case law; some knowledge of medical and mental health terminology as relevant; good written and oral communication skills required.Effective organizational and time management skills required to successfully execute job duties; must possess the skill to manage a demanding caseload of cases assigned.Ability to work with mentally ill indigent defendants; ability to communicate effectively with hostile, abusive and irrational individuals; ability to ascertain factual information from conflicting or purposely inaccurate data; ability to communicate effectively with hostile, abusive or irrational individuals; ability to organize and present facts and legal arguments, with supporting logic, in a courtroom setting; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; ability to operate personal computer; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, County employees, outside agencies and the general publicMust be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and maintain good standing with State Bar of TexasMust comply with all conditions imposed at the Judicial Intake and Assessment CenterMust secure and maintain a pre-employment physical Must secure and maintain a favorable background investigationMay be required to work shifts and hours outside the normal 8-5 business dayMay be required to work more than 40 hours during the workweekWorking Environment and Physical Demands: Position will be housed at the Judicial Intake and Assessment Center in the South Tower of the Bexar County Jail located in Bexar County, Texas. The facility is a secure detention facility. Required to work in jail environment (will be required to comply with all conditions imposed to enter a facility of this type)Occasionally moves items weighing up to 10-15 poundsOccasionally moves about the officeFrequently communicates with others; must be able to exchange accurate informationConstantly operates a computer and other office productivity machineryPositions self to perform essential functionsMust be able to remain in a stationary position

Workstations with internet access are available, if needed, to view job postings and apply online at 211 S Flores, San Antonio, TX 78204, 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. Phone: 210-335-2545.EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Bexar County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to Workplace Diversity.We are committed to providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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