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The County of Calaveras Office of the District Attorney is seeking the next Deputy District Attorney IV to join their team. Apply now! Position is open until filled.
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Friday, September 7, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

Apply Now! Position is open until filled. 


Salary: $107,057.60 - $130.124.80 /yr.

Range:  10504

Job Type:  Full – Time

Job Status:  Permanent


FLAS: Exempt

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The County of Calaveras Office of the District Attorney is seeking an experienced Deputy District Attorney to prosecute criminal and civil matters relating to cannabis, including, but not limited to, environmental crimes, organized crime, asset forfeiture, and unfair business practices.  Embedded with the Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team, this position will work closely with law enforcement and must pass a POST compliant background investigation. Under general supervision or direction, performs increasingly difficult professional legal work in the analysis, preparation and prosecution of criminal cases before the court in Calaveras County; and performs related duties as assigned.



Incumbents handle the most complex and sensitive legal assignment requiring an experienced prosecutor with specialized training using independent judgment and discretion.  Deputy District Attorneys IV’s may provide direction and training to less experienced staff attorneys and assist in supervising the daily operations of the Office.


Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Represents the State in all phases of criminal matters, from charging to arraignment to trial to appeals.
  • Performs legal work in the preparation and prosecution of misdemeanor and felony criminal cases.
  • Maintains and manages individual caseloads in a timely and effective manner.
  • Reviews police reports and makes decisions regarding the issuing of criminal complaints; prepares victims and witnesses for participation in the legal process.
  • Prepares cases for prosecution by performing duties such as providing discovery; visiting crime scenes; reviews search and arrest warrants; examine cases and determine best case strategies; research and write pleadings, briefs, motions, petitions, etc.; interviews witnesses and victims and evaluates their credibility and ability to testify; prepares expert witnesses for testimony.
  • Presents and argues cases in court on behalf of the People of the State of California in all phases of misdemeanor and felony criminal trials including arraignments, bail hearings, settlement conferences, motion hearings, bench trials, jury trials, sentencings, restitution hearings, and probation violation hearings.
  • Assists law enforcement agencies requiring legal advice about the investigation of any criminal matter; coordinates case activities with law enforcement personnel and others as appropriate.
  • Responds to and resolves inquiries, complaints and requests for assistance in areas of responsibility.
  • Performs general administrative / office work as necessary, including but not limited to attending meetings, reviewing mail and literature, copying and filing documents, entering and retrieving computer data, preparing reports and correspondence, assembling documents and files, etc.
  • Maintains confidentiality; ensures the Constitutional rights of defendants and victims are protected; and adheres to the Rules of Professional Responsibility and ethical standards applicable to prosecutors.
  • Keeps abreast of all new criminal legislation and case law affecting cases.
  • Attends professional conferences, training, seminars, workshops, etc., and reads professional journals to maintain job knowledge and skills.
  • Performs related duties as assigned. 
  • Presents training and gives presentations to community organizations, law enforcement agencies, etc., as necessary to enhance job skills and/or increase public awareness and support of department programs and services.
  • Provides training and technical expertise to lower-level Deputy District Attorneys as assigned.
  • May assist the District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney in media relations and supervising the daily operations of the office, including caseload assignment, progress monitoring and support services.
  • Represents the State in civil and quasi-criminal matters that are within the purview of the Office of the District Attorney.


Knowledge of:

Pertinent federal, state and county laws and regulations, including but not limited to, the California Penal, Health and Safety, and Vehicle Codes; basic principles and practices of criminal law, search and seizure, statutory and Constitutional discovery obligations; rules of professional responsibility and ethical standards applicable to prosecutors; courtroom / judicial procedures and processes; methods and techniques of legal research and writing; trial advocacy methods; rules of evidence and their application; methods of preparing legal and administrative documents, records and reports; modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work; English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation; techniques for providing a high level of customer service to effectively deal with law enforcement, victims, witnesses, the public at large, and County staff; California appellate procedure and law.


Complex principles of criminal law, trial procedure, and rules of evidence and their application; basic felony sentencing rules; basic search warrant practice; established precedents, case law and sources of legal reference applicable to District Attorney’s Office activities; functions and authorities of other criminal justice organizations.


Principles and practices of lead work direction, including work planning, assignment and review; complex felony sentencing rules, including one-strike, three strikes, and special circumstances; complex search warrant practice; lifer rules and regulations; training principles and practices, and job mentoring; methods of conducting sensitive investigations; effective media relations in routine and sensitive situations.



Ability to:

Analyze and apply basic legal practices, principles and methods; effectively apply legal knowledge and principles in court; evaluate investigative reports to determine appropriate charges, strategies for prosecution or settlement, and follow-up required; present statements of law, fact and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form; conduct research on legal problems and prepare sound legal opinions; interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies; gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion; maintain records and prepare required reports; perform required mathematical computations with accuracy; operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs; use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing; use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines in politically sensitive situations; establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; prosecute misdemeanor cases, including but not limited to driving under the influence, battery, domestic violence, drug possession, and petty thefts; prosecute juvenile delinquency cases; draft and represent the People in misdemeanor and infraction appeals at the Superior Court level.


Analyze and apply complex legal practices, principles, methods, facts and precedents to legal problems; prosecute increasingly complex cases, including both misdemeanor and felony criminal cases; prosecute juvenile delinquency cases.


Provide training and/or presentations for community service organizations and law enforcement agencies; provide lead work direction, including work planning, assignment and review; provide effective training and job mentoring as assigned; prosecute increasingly complex cases, including one strike, three–strikes, life-term cases, sanity litigation, civil asset forfeiture litigation, and lifer hearings.  Conduct criminal grand jury hearings.  Interact effectively with the news media while protecting prosecution interests.  Respond and advise law enforcement at crime scenes.  Work effectively with other agencies in developing multi-disciplinary protocols.


Prosecute the most complex, high-profile, sensitive, and specialized cases, including but not limited to capital and special circumstance cases, and sexually violent predator litigation.  Manage media relations in routine and sensitive situations.


Training and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying unless specific state and federal education, certification and licensure is required. 


A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school, and


Six (6) years of professional legal experience which has included at least two (2) years of experience at a level equivalent to the Deputy District Attorney III with Calaveras County.


License and certifications:

  • Must be an active member in good standing of the California State Bar Association.
  • Must possess a California driver license and have and maintain a satisfactory driving record.



Possession of an appropriate California driver license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles.  Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.  Member in good standing of the State Bar of California.


Interested individuals must submit the following:

  • Calaveras County application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • California Bar #

Application materials will be reviewed to evaluate the specific qualifications of each applicant and determine which applicants will continue in the screening process.  Incomplete application information will result in the candidate being screened out of the process.  Those candidates identified as having qualifications best suited for the position will be invited to participate in the interview process.




Mobility to work in a standard office environment; use standard office equipment and attend off-site meetings; physical ability to sit or otherwise remain stationary at work post for long periods of time; manual dexterity to use standard office equipment and supplies and to manipulate both single sheets of paper and large document holders (binders, manuals, etc.); vision to read handwritten and printed materials  and  a  computer  screen;  hearing  and  speech to  communicate  in  person  and  by  telephone.  Work is performed in office, outdoor, and courtroom environments; continuous contact with staff and the public.


Other Requirements:

This class description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive.  Not all duties are necessarily performed by each incumbent. Incumbents may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

Human Resources Division

891 Mountain Ranch Road, Building C, San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone (209) 754-6303 ~ Fax (209) 754-6333 ~


Calaveras County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming), national origin, age (40 and above), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), marital status, sexual orientation ( heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, gender identity, gender expression, transgender), medical conditions (cancer and genetic information including family medical history), disability (medical, mental or physical, including HIV or AIDS), request or denial of family medical care leave and pregnancy leave, AB60 driver's license or military or veteran status.

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