This examination is being given to fill vacancies at the most
experienced level in the San Joaquin County District Attorney's
Office and to establish an eligible list which may be used to fill
Pre-Employment Drug Screening and Background
Investigation: Potential new hires into this classification are
required to successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and
background investigation as a condition of employment. Final
appointment cannot be made unless the eligible has passed the drug
screen and background investigation. The County pays for the
initial drug screen.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. A
completed application must be postmarked or received online by the
final filing deadline.
NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will
be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one
provided on your employment application during time of submittal.
Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do
not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you
correspondences via US Mail.
Prepares and prosecutes criminal and some civil matters in both
court and jury trials and hearings; examines and cross examines
witnesses; presents oral arguments; prepares and prosecutes
appeals; conducts post-conviction proceedings.
Refuses or approves and issues complaints in criminal matters;
advises law enforcement agencies on legal and evidentiary matters
prior to issuance of criminal complaints; interviews and advises
complainants and witnesses; prepares search warrants and arrest
Researches, analyzes and interprets existing laws and
ordinances, court decisions, pending legislation and other legal
authorities; assists in drafting legislation for special County and
Prepares and reviews briefs, memoranda, opinions and civil and
Conducts mediation hearings to resolve legal problems without
further court action.
Confers with defense attorneys, probation authorities, court
officials and law enforcement agencies to discuss pleas,
modification of charges, presentation and review of evidence and
other legal matters.
Serves as advisor to the Grand Jury.
Advises the general public, State and local departments and law
enforcement officers on civil and criminal issues and proceedings;
advises and directs law enforcement agencies on questions of law in
criminal investigation matters.
May advise and train law enforcement personnel and client
agencies in criminal and civil law.
May supervise clerical, research and investigate staff and other
Membership in the California State Bar.
Experience:Three years experience in the practice
of criminal law.
Substitution:Three years of experience in the
practice of Family law may be substituted for criminal law
experience.This substitution may only apply towards positions in
the Family Support Division.
Principles of criminal and civil law and their application,
trial and hearing procedures; rules of evidence; State and local
laws and ordinances; legal research methods; preparation of briefs
Analyze legal principles and precedents and to apply them to
complex factual legal problems; present statements of fact, law and
argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; draft
opinions, pleadings and briefs; independently present cases in
court before judicial officials; communicate and cooperate with
fellow staff members, agency representatives, judicial officers and
the general public; and exercise independent judgment, discretion
and initiative, especially in the charging and plea bargaining of
criminal violations aid in the application of limited law
enforcement resources and in the decision to seek capital