The City of Anaheim seeks a dynamic and dedicated Deputy City Attorney II for the City Attorney's Office Criminal Prosecution section. The Deputy City Attorney performs a wide variety of professional legal duties and provides staff assistance to a Senior City Attorney and/or Assistant City Attorney with legal activities involving criminal law and represents the City in criminal law matters.
Candidates must possess at least two years of responsible criminal law and criminal trial experience as a licensed attorney and a member of the State Bar of California. Ideal candidates will possess extensive jury trial experience.
The following functions are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different functions from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Provide effective prosecution of misdemeanors and infractions occurring within the City; review and file cases; subpoena witnesses; prepare discovery responses; negotiate cases with opposing attorneys; represent the City in arraignments, pre-trials, jury trials, and appellate matters.
Direct follow-up investigations by Police Department personnel in misdemeanor cases.
Evaluate constitutional compliance of Police Department investigations.
Perform legal research and prepare written and oral opinions.
Prevent and minimize legal exposure by providing legal advice to City officers and employees in matters related to area of criminal prosecution.
Attend City meetings related to the investigation of municipal code related violations; negotiate municipal code related violations with property/business owners in order to resolve the violations prior to criminal case filings.
Participate in the development of modifications and expansions to the municipal code.
Participate in City-wide meetings regarding issues confronting the enforcement of state and municipal laws and codes; attend meetings of various trade organizations related to issues confronting community prosecution.
Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of municipal law; incorporate new developments as appropriate.
Assist in preparing reviews of inspections and search warrants.
Perform related duties as required.
Experience and Education: Two years responsible experience directly related to criminal law criminal law and criminal trial.
Knowledge of: Legal principles, practices, and procedures related to criminal law; duties, powers, and limitations of a city government; organization and operating procedures of the City Attorney's Office; judicial procedures and rules of evidence; methods and techniques of legal research; methods of research, case analysis, and report preparation; standard legal references and their content; legal precedents and court decisions affecting local government; statutes and codes applicable to proceedings relating to area of criminal law; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Ability to: Perform a variety of legal work in the area of criminal law with varying degrees of complexity and difficulty; develop, prepare, and present cases requiring court, arbitration, administrative, or quasi-judicial proceedings (based on area of practice); effectively apply legal knowledge and principles in court; research and compile data on a variety of legal cases; conduct research on legal problems; prepare clear and concise legal documents and briefs; provide legal advice and consultation to Police Department; plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines; plan, prioritize, and execute timelines without supervision; meet critical deadlines while working with frequent interruptions; exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality regarding critical and sensitive information, records, and reports; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
License/Certification Required: Membership in the State Bar of California. Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.
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