•Provides indigent defense services within the Alpena, Montmorency, and Oscoda County Courts.
•Carries a full caseload and receives direct supervision and mentoring from the Chief Public Defender or designee.
•Takes cases involving felony charges (may also be assigned misdemeanor cases as needed)
•Reviews charging instruments, police reports, and other discovery provided by the Prosecution.
•Appears in court for arraignments, motions, trials, sentencing and other proceedings.
•Promptly meets with clients and learns the client's goals for the representation and any special needs of the client.
•Researches and prepares for all stages of proceedings, including research of applicable law,interviewing witnesses, investigating claims, and developing trial strategies.
•Determines what further fact investigation to undertake and directs that investigation, including the identification, consultation and hiring of applicable experts as approved by the Chief Public Defender or designee.
•Prepares briefs, legal documents, reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
•Negotiates with the Prosecution and promptly advises the client of the results of negotiations.
•Litigates any legal issues that are necessary and appropriate, including bringing cases to trial.
•Conducts any post-trial/post-conviction litigation necessary such as sentencing and post-trial motions (excluding appeals).
•Maintains accurate and complete case files on the electronic case management system.
•Completes special projects and other duties as assigned by the Chief Public Defender or designee.
•Becomes familiar with community service organizations and other available resources in order to make appropriate referrals depending on clients’ needs.
•Actively participates in available programs designed to address the underlying causes and risk factors that lead to involvement in the criminal justice system. Such programs may include treatment courts, training opportunities, legal or civic organizations, etc.
•Engages in continuing education and maintains professional knowledge of criminal law.
•Other duties as assigned.
ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER – LEVEL I
•A passion for public service.
•Exemplary interpersonal skills.
•Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
•Legal research and writing experience.
•Computer proficiency, including but not limited to typing ability and familiarity with Microsoft Office and internet research applications.
•At least two years of experience in the practice of criminal law.
•Trial experience a plus, but not required.
•Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle.