The Crossroads Regional Public Defender’s Office, a.k.a Crossroads Defenders (CxD), is a new, holistic defender office serving Victoria, Jackson, Lavaca, and Refugio Counties. CxD represents indigent clients in criminal cases ranging from Juvenile Offenses through Non-Capital Felonies. Crossroads Defenders aims to become a model office for rural defense in Texas. The office will leverage cutting-edge technology, training, and techniques to provide the strongest possible advocacy for our clients. Additionally, the office will provide wrap-around services for clients to assist them with employment, mental health, substance abuse, housing, and immigration issues. 

The Victoria County Public Defender’s Office seeks a dedicated and passionate attorney to represent indigent clients charged with misdemeanor offenses. The Misdemeanor Public Defender will be responsible for providing high-quality legal representation, ensuring that clients’ constitutional rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process.


Victoria, Texas, is a jewel in the Texas Coastal Bend region, where past and present are perfect neighbors. Victoria offers a perfect blend of big city amenities while maintaining small-town charm. The city boasts a deep history, plentiful outdoor recreation, and a thriving arts and entertainment scene. Victoria also features diverse culinary options, a strong economy driven by healthcare, education, and manufacturing, and an affordable housing market. The city is served by top-rated schools in the Victoria Independent School District. With Houston, Austin, and San Antonio just a two-hour drive away, Victoria is truly the crossroads of Texas. For those seeking a high quality of life, rich history, and abundant opportunities, Victoria, Texas, is the perfect place to call home.


A Misdemeanor Public Defender at Crossroads Defenders (CxD) is responsible for providing high-quality legal representation to indigent clients facing misdemeanor and juvenile delinquency charges. The Misdemeanor Defender will manage a significant caseload, conducting thorough investigations, developing effective defense strategies, and zealously advocating for clients in court proceedings. This position requires strong trial skills, excellent communication abilities, and a deep commitment to protecting the rights of the accused. The Misdemeanor Defender will work collaboratively with the CxD team, including investigators, social workers, and support staff, to provide holistic, client-centered representation. The ideal candidate will have a passion for justice, a dedication to serving poor communities, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment.


1)     Ability to review new cases assigned to CxD.

2)     Ability to prepare cases for representation in court.

3)     Ability to meet with defendants regarding legal issues.

4)     Ability to routinely make jail visits for defendants incarcerated.

5)     Negotiates plea arrangements with counsel for the state.

6)     Prepares files, and represents clients in pretrial motions and hearings.

7)     Consults with clients regarding legal process and preparation for trial when necessary.

8)     Prepares cases and witnesses for trial.

9)     Represents the client in bench and jury trials

10) Prepares and files appellate briefs and appears in appellate courts when necessary.

11) Understands that CxD is a fledgling office, and assigned tasks will vary and may evolve with the office. Flexibility is required. 

12) Performs all other duties as assigned.


1.      Juris Doctor (J.D.).

2.      Experience handling criminal cases in state court. Experience may include actual practice, previous internships, or law school clinical work.

3.      Capable of exercising sound legal analysis and judgment.

4.      Skilled in oral and written communications.

5.      Able to establish and maintain good working relationships with clients, court personnel, and co-workers.

6.      Must possess the skill and ability to manage a demanding and diverse caseload assigned from the Chief Defender.


Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas (or immediately eligible to obtain licensure).

Valid Texas driver’s license and reliable motor vehicle.


Sufficient familiarity with Texas Criminal Law and Procedure. 
Experience working with diverse populations.
Full proficiency with modern technology.
Candidates should be comfortable using email, text messaging, presentation software, Microsoft Office, legal research programs, and have some basic knowledge of Machine Learning and Generative AI systems such as


In addition to a competitive and stable County Salary, full-time employees will receive full Victoria County Benefits including 

·        Low cost health, dental, and vision insurance.

·        Prescription drug coverage and optional FSA.

·        Enrollment in the Texas County and District Retirement System with a guaranteed 7% rate of return, 2x match, and a lifetime benefit after the vesting period. 

·        Tuition Assistance

·        Discounted membership to Citizens HealthPlex Gym and Spa

·        Optional Group Rates for Term Life, AD&D, and Disability Policies.


Victoria County, and Crossroads Defenders, is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a strong and welcoming workplace. We encourage applications from qualified individuals of all backgrounds. Crossroads Defenders believes that an intellectually and experientially diverse team enhances our ability to provide the highest quality of legal representation to our clients and community. We strive to create an environment where all employees feel valued, respected, and supported in their professional growth. We welcome and celebrate the unique perspectives and experiences that each individual brings to our team.

Please email resume and cover letter: Attn: Brian Watson

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