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Deputy District Attorney at Larimer County

Larimer County


Entry Level

Fort Collins, CO, USA


22 Nov → 22 Dec


Job Description

It is REQUIRED that candidates upload a cover letter addressed to Joshua Ritter, Chief Deputy District Attorney, County Court.

The District Attorney’s Office for the 8th Judicial District is looking for attorneys interested in joining a great team, where you can use your skills and education working in the criminal justice system to help your community.

The 8th Judicial District includes Larimer and Jackson Counties in Colorado. Our main office is located in Fort Collins, with satellite offices in Loveland and Walden.

Entry level attorneys will be responsible for the prosecution of traffic and misdemeanor offenses, including DUIs and domestic violence cases. Entry level Deputy District Attorneys, are assigned to a courtroom and work with a team to cover all aspects of the prosecution of cases, including pre-trial negotiations, motions practice, hearings, and trials. Work done as a Deputy District Attorney I is usually supervised while in progress and fits a structured and established pattern, and generally, changes in procedures or exceptions are explained in detail as they arise.


All candidates will be screened for the following required minimum qualifications. Any candidate who does not meet all of the qualifications listed as required will be eliminated from the process.

  • No experience required.
  • Equivalent to a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school required.
  • Current license to practice law in Colorado.

Supplemental Information

An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check. As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests, will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked. A successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.

Larimer County is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and prohibits discrimination and harassment in all employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation), national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law or regulation.

Job Responsibilities

  • Receives and reviews summons, or tickets filed by arresting officers, and reviews and examines the evidence, witness statements, determines whether a crime has been committed, the nature of the crime, and whether the evidence justifies prosecution.
  • Prepares briefs and legal opinions; conducts legal research; prepares reports and develops recommendations related to the District Attorney's Office policies, procedures and operations.
  • Represents the County in criminal calendar proceedings including the scheduling of cases, plea negotiations, probation revocation hearings, motions, and sentencings.
  • Serves as prosecuting attorney for jury and court trials.
  • Represents the County in evidence hearings.
  • Performs related duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • General office practices and procedures.

  • Routine software and business application including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.

  • Regular, predictable attendance.

  • Legal principles and practices with an emphasis on criminal law.

  • Court procedure and rules of evidence.

  • Methods of legal research.

  • Perform legal work involving the use of independent judgment.

  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.

  • Analyze and apply legal principles.

  • Prepare proper legal instruments.

  • Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.

  • Investigate and prosecute civil and criminal complaints.

  • Present laws, facts, and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form.

Benefits/What We offer

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits.

  • Flexible Spending Accounts / Health Savings Account

  • Short and Long Term Disability.

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Basic Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment

  • Accident Insurance

  • Critical Illness Insurance

  • Retirement Plan 401(a) with employer match.

  • 457(b) Deferred Compensation.

  • Paid time off including vacation, sick and holidays.

How To Apply

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