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Criminal Attorney at Maricopa County

Maricopa County


Mid Level

Phoenix, AZ, USA

$61.485 - $134.992

22 Sep → 22 Oct


Job Description

Are you passionate about helping others? Are you someone who we can count on to advocate professionally, aggressively, and ethically on behalf of indigent clients charged with criminal offenses in Maricopa County? If so, look no further as the Maricopa County Office of the Legal Defender is looking for two candidates to represent indigent clients when appointed by the court, prepare cases for defense and present cases in all phases of court proceedings.

NOTE: This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies in the Early Disposition Court and non-capital adult trial groups.

The Office of the Legal Defender consists of attorneys and support staff helping to provide quality legal representation to indigent individuals assigned to us by the court, thus safeguarding the fundamental legal rights of each member of the community.

If you would like to seek just and equitable treatment for our clients, apply today, and join our team!

We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications.

Most work is performed in an office environment or court room. This position requires viewing traumatic subject matter including crime scenes, accidents, etc. Must have the ability to meet deadlines with a high volume of work. This position requires contact with the public and close working relationships with other staff members. Must be able to lift, carry, or push up to 35 pounds for 200-300 feet.

The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on the evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to the midpoint of the range, based on relevant experience, internal equity, and budgetary allowances.

Maricopa County offers a Total Compensation Package that includes competitive salaries and a comprehensive, affordable benefits package. High value is placed on employee well-being and meeting the needs of our employees and their families. Our benefits package is comprised of traditional benefits like medical, prescription, dental, vision, and other health benefits. Employees are supported by various wellness programs including classes, coaching, and fitness center opportunities. Our generous benefit options are some of the best in Arizona and just one of the unique advantages of working for Maricopa County. Below is a representative listing of typical benefits received by most full-time employees.Holidays and LeaveMaricopa County observes ten paid holidays per year. Most County employees accrue vacation (starting at three weeks per year for full-time employees) and sick leave (starting at one hour for every 30 hours worked for all employees). Employees also receive paid leave for other needs such as jury duty, civic duty, and bereavement. Medical, Prescription, Behavioral Health, Dental, Vision, and Flexible Spending AccountsWe understand how important health care is to maintaining a good quality of life. We also know our employees want to have the freedom to choose benefit plans to best meet their needs. Eligible employees may choose from four medical plan options, an HMO, PPO, and two HDHP (High Deductible Health Plans) with a health savings account. When employees enroll in medical coverage, they are automatically enrolled in prescription and behavioral health coverage as well. There are three dental plans from which to choose, two PPO plans and a pre-paid dental plan that functions like an HMO. As is the case with medical, the plans range in cost, flexibility, and network of providers. The vision plan provides employees and their covered dependents access to routine vision services and materials, including an annual eye exam. For those who wish to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible healthcare and dependent care expenses, the flexible spending accounts are suitable for that need.Life and Disability Insurance Because life sometimes takes unexpected turns, the County offers life insurance coverage to help employees and their loved ones in the event of death. Basic life and basic accidental death & dismemberment insurance equivalent to one times an employee's annual base salary is provided at no cost, with the option for employees to purchase additional coverage including spouse and child life insurance. Disability insurance is available to replace a portion of an employee's salary should they experience a short-term illness or injury.Retirement Eligible employees are covered by one of several State-sponsored retirement pension plans, including the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS). Additionally, there's the option to contribute to a 457(b) Savings Plan that provides employees with a variety of investment opportunities. For those employees who retire from the County and from their retirement system, and have accrued 1,000 or more hours of sick leave, the County makes a $10,000 contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan set up on their behalf to be used for payment of eligible out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.Group Legal PlanMaricopa County offers employees group discounts to purchase coverage for legal services such as adoptions, family matters, wills and trusts.WellnessMaricopa County's Wellness Works program promotes health and wellness for employees and their families by focusing on physical activity, good nutrition, self-care and stress management. Maricopa County offers eligible employees a wellness incentive for completing required activities. By meeting a set of criteria, employees and their families can get reimbursed for participating in a Weight Watchers Program. On-site fitness facilities and fitness classes are provided to employees at various locations around the County. Employees and their families also have the opportunity to receive a discounted fitness club membership at LA Fitness. Employees have access to smoking cessation programs and health-related classes on various topics including nutrition, exercise and stress management. Employees located downtown benefit from an onsite pharmacy and clinic. Every fall, flu vaccines are offered to employees at various County locations. Employee Assistance Program (EAP)When employees and their families are faced with personal issues, confidential, short-term counseling and referral services are available to them at no cost. Employee DiscountsMaricopa County subscribes to a service association which provides employees with volume discounts for sporting events, entertainment, and many other services.Commute Options Program (COP) Maricopa County provides free Valley Metro passes for the bus and light rail systems for commuting to/from work; a vanpool subsidy is also provided. Employees can decrease stress, decrease wear and tear on their vehicle and help the environment all at the same time.New Employee Orientation (NEO) NEO provides new employees with information about Maricopa County such as: history, organizational structure, Merit Rules, County policies and procedures, County pay system and benefits and employee programs.Rewarding Ideas/Employee Suggestions Employees are provided with incentives to generate ideas for improvements that result in cost reduction through increased efficiency and productivity, improved processes and procedures and elimination of duplication and waste. Our employees' ideas could put money in their pocket!!Tuition ReimbursementTo promote Maricopa County's long term employee retention objectives, our employees are eligible to receive financial assistance to continue their education, help make them more productive, enhance their job performance, and equip them to pursue new opportunities within County government.To learn more about the County's generous benefits, visit the Maricopa County Employee Benefits and Wellness website.

Job Responsibilities

  • The tasks listed are a representation and not an all-inclusive list of essential job tasks for this position.
  • Appears in court; representing clients at scheduled hearings and trials
  • Presents oral arguments as appropriate in support of clients’ legal interest
  • Researches facts and analyzes legal issues using both computerized and printed legal research tools
  • Composes motions, briefs, correspondence and other legal documents
  • Prepares cases for trial by interviewing witnesses, visiting crime scenes and other case-related locations,
  • Reviews evidence on- and off-site

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor or Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school

  • Must be admitted to practice law and a member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona at the time of application.

  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona driver's license by the time of hire.

  • One (1) or more years as a practicing attorney in the area of criminal law

  • Experience with adult criminal matters

  • Communicates in person and by phone with clients, opposing counsel, co-workers, supervisors and others

  • Travels to courts, jails, detention centers and correctional facilities to effectively represent clients

  • Provides leadership for professionals, including other attorneys, mitigation specialists, investigators, and paralegals consistent with current assignment

  • Attends Continuing Legal Education seminars

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