Deputy District Attorney, Limited-duration

  • Deschutes County
  • Bend, Oregon
  • Jan 03, 2020
Full time Government Legal

Job Description

The Deschutes County District Attorney's Office is currently accepting applications a limited-duration Deputy District Attorney. This position will be working on the Justice Reinvestment Project, which is funded by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. Project partners will include Deschutes County Parole and Probation, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Deschutes Circuit Court, and Deschutes County District Attorney's Office. Duties include examining incoming investigation reports to determine whether further investigation is needed or which criminal charges should be issued through reviewing and analyzing evidence, police reports, and related documents; appearing  in court for arraignments, release hearings, plea proceedings, sentencing hearings, and other proceedings that the court may schedule. Must be prepared to advocate or respond to opponent and to inform the court of the State's position on the matter as well as supporting or contrary authority; determining and preparing motions and responding to motions; negotiating potential case resolutions as appropriate, in accordance with facts, law, and office policy; preparing and presenting cases for grand jury, as assigned, by preparing documents, conducting hearings, interviewing witnesses, advising jury on legal instructions and law, and completing indictments, warrants, or other documents as required; preparing and presenting trial cases in court, including studying reports and law, and reviewing prior proceedings; selection, subpoena, and interview of witnesses, direct preparation of jury instructions and verdict forms, and presenting evidence and arguments as required.

Graduation from an accredited school of law and must be a member in good standing with the Oregon State Bar. Must have superior communication skills, both orally and written. 

Preference will be given for:

  • Experience with prosecuting or defending property and drug crimes.
  • Experience arguing release and sentencing recommendations based on Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules.
  • Interest in alternatives to incarceration and pretrial detention.
  • Familiarity with risk assessment tools.
  • Experience participating in grant projects and/or collecting and reporting data.
  • Experience working in collaboration with other criminal justice partners to include but not limited to: law enforcement, defense attorneys, the courts, and parole and probation.
  • Oregon criminal law trial experience (prosecution or defense).

Must have some knowledge of:

  • Criminal law and the practices and procedures of criminal prosecution.
  • Courtroom and trial procedures.
  • Legal research methods.

Must have the ability to:

  • Analyze facts, evidence and precedents to arrive at logical conclusions.
  • Collect analyze and interpret data using accepted legal research procedures and methods.
  • Work effectively independently as well as in a team.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, clients and agencies at all times.
  • Work effectively with diverse populations.

This is a limited-duration employment position as defined by Deschutes County Code Chapter 3.08.010. The position may be terminated by Deschutes County based upon the availability of discrete revenue sources. If the specified discreet revenue source has yet to terminate, the position may be terminated by the County to fulfill its business needs, as determined by the sole discretion of the County. This position will terminate no later than June 30, 2021.

Should funding changes occur such that the position is no longer restricted by the specified discreet revenue source, the County at its sole discretion may at that later date offer regular employment status to the incumbent in this position.




$7,427.35 to $9,977.15 per month