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Attorney - At-will

at Pinal County

Pay: $66,920 to $86,996/year
$66920 - $86996
Posted: 2/27/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2671115
Categories: Legal

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Notice to applicants:
  • This position is not covered under the Pinal County Merit System.  Incumbents in this position serve at the pleasure of their respective Appointing Authority.  The employment relationship of incumbents in this position is "at will" the employee may be terminated at any time, for any reason, with or without cause. 
  • This is a continous announcement and may be closed as soon as a sufficient number of qualified applicants have applied.
Assess, prepare, prosecute, negotiate, and litigate criminal cases, represent the Pinal County Attorney's Office (PCAO) in courtrooms, hearings, and negotiations, and learn the department guidelines and standards to effectively manage criminal cases and case files under basic supervision.

Example of Duties


  • Represent the department in the prosecution of civil and criminal cases brought for the County, resolve assigned cases within policy, learn department guidelines and standards, and perform duties within scope of authority.
  • Assist in the prosecution of criminal cases, review legal documents, and compile and analyze case facts.
  • Prosecute most classes of felony cases, all classes of misdemeanor cases, low-level to mid-level felony cases, and complex criminal cases.
  • Review evidence, interview witnesses, prepare pre-trial legal memoranda, select juries, prepare and present opening and closing statements, examine and cross examine witnesses, make and meet legal objections, and request legal instructions.
  • Evaluate criminal charges as filed and instruct investigators as to additional information needed to prosecute cases, evaluate the information, and determine the appropriate disposition of the case.
  • Conduct research and provide consultation involving complex and difficult legal issues. 
  • Apply legal principles to determinations on individual cases and problems.
  • Represent the department at arraignments, hearings and trials, identify and subpoena witnesses, records, and other information required to present the case, compile and present evidence, bring cases before the court and argue facts of the case in relation to points of law, case law, and legal precedent, and interview and cross-examine witnesses.
  • Manage assigned legal cases, confer with participants, negotiate agreements, and litigate and resolve cases.
  • Evaluate case files and research missing and incomplete information and documents, manage collection and analysis of evidence, research files and computer databases, and update files and records.
  • Review case status with supervisor and create, process, and file memoranda and legal documents.
  • Cross-train in a wide variety of legal fields.
  • Maintain the integrity, professionalism, values, and goals of the department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, customer records, and restricted County information.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Maintain the integrity, professionalism, values, and goals of the County Attorney's Office by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed and that accountability and public trust are preserved.

Minimum Requirements


  • Juris Doctorate degree.  
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Valid Arizona State Driver's License is required within 30 days of hire.  
  • Must be licensed by the State Bar of Arizona to practice law in the State of Arizona, remain active with all annual requirements, and maintain a clear criminal record.
 Preferred Qualifications:
  • Public sector attorney experience is preferred, but not required. As the primary duties of the position involve prosecution of misdemeanor offenses in the justice courts, the ideal candidate will have several months to 4 years prosecutorial experience.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of PCAO  policies, procedures, organization, and operations.
  • Knowledge of state of Arizona criminal and civil statutes, rules, administrative orders, and applicable Federal rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of operations, functions, procedures, rules, and policies of Pinal County Courts and Arizona Superior Court.
  • Knowledge of procedures and protocols for trial court, arraignment, hearings, and other legal proceedings.
  • Knowledge of principles and protocols for the evidentiary gathering of information and records for use in court and negotiations.
  • Knowledge of the duties, powers, authorities, and limitations of a Public Defender or PCAO including rules of professional conduct and standards for ethical behavior.
  • Knowledge of legal research methods, techniques, sources, and databases.
  • Knowledge of legal case management procedures, ethics, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of principles of record keeping, case files, and records management.
  • Knowledge of the principles of criminal and/or juvenile law, rules of evidence, motion practice and rules of court.
  • Skill in interpreting and explaining legal standards and procedures, applicable Federal and state rules and regulations, and PCAO  policies and procedures.
  • Skill in evaluating and applying criminal laws to information, evidence, and other data compiled.
  • Skill in reviewing legal documents, extracting relevant information, evaluating legal issues and legal system variables, and negotiating agreements.
  • Skill in prosecuting and litigating cases in a legal hearing and courtroom setting.
  • Skill in researching and identifying precedence in case law.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in decision making.
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with clients, co-workers, attorneys, representatives of law enforcement agencies, courts, employees of other departments, the public, and other participants in the justice system.
The work is light and requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force to move objects.  The work also requires the ability to finger, reach, perform repetitive motion, lift, hear, speak, stand, walk, operate motor vehicles and/or heavy equipment, and demonstrate mental and visual acuity.
Work is performed in an environment where errors can lead to significant physical or mental consequences.  Work is performed in a safe and secure work environment that may periodically have unpredicted requirements or demands.  This position may require night and weekend work hours, due, but not limited to crisis situations, crime scene call-outs or emergency management.

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