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Felony/Misdemeanor—Assistant Public Defender

BOWIE COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE
Texarkana, Texas
DEPARTMENT:Public Defender Office (BCPDO)
REPORTS TO: Chief Public Defender

General Description: This position provides a full range of legal services to indigent defendants in the assigned felony, misdemeanor or juvenile cases in Bowie County. Assists in the daily operation of the Public Defender’s Office. Primary responsibility will be to handle the misdemeanor case load.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:
1. Represents indigent clients in court as assigned in Bowie County in felony, misdemeanor and juvenile cases. Primary responsibility is to handle misdemeanor court docket and cases.
2. Evaluates, investigates and offers legal advice in assigned cases, providing analysis of pending charges and defenses.
3. Represents indigent clients in plea offers and negotiations, jury trials, trials before the court, contested matters before the court and dismissals.
4. Interviews clients and potential witnesses and discusses the facts and applicable law with clients.
5. Conducts legal research, drafts legal documents and interprets laws, rules and regulations.
6. Reviews evidence, inspects crime scenes and prepares investigative requests.
7. Documents client files, prepares trial notebooks as required and maintains statistical information regarding caseload and dispositions.
8. Assists other public defenders as needed.
9. Ensures the Chief Public Defender is kept apprised on all matters to assure timely and efficient operations.
10. Regular and prompt attendance is required.
11. Completed State Bar and required CLE in criminal law or related fields.
12. Performs other duties as assigned by the Chief Public Defender and necessary to support the BCPDO.

Educational Requirements:
1. Juris Doctor or equivalent
2. Current active membership in the State Bar of Texas

Salary Range:
$50,000 to $60,000 annually

Other Benefits:
Paid medical insurance
Texas County and District Retirement Program
County Retirement Program
Two (2) weeks paid vacation—Three (3) weeks after ten (10) years
Ten (10) days paid sick leave
Currently 12 days paid holidays

To submit a resume for this position, please mail resume to following address:
Rick C. Shumaker,
Chief Public Defender
424 West Broad Street
Texarkana, Texas 75501

Email: Rick.Shumaker@txkusa.org

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