Examples of Duties Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Acts as defense counsel in criminal cases; Interviews and advises defendants and witnesses.
- Interprets and applies laws, court decisions, etc. in the preparation of cases and briefs.
- Prepares pleadings and other legal documents in connection with suits, trials, hearings, conservatorships, and other legal proceedings; Performs legal research and investigations.
- Examines evidence and prepares and presents the case for the defense in assigned criminal actions.
- Performs administrative duties for the Public Defender; Dictates correspondence and reports.
- May provide lead direction to other attorneys; May assist in training others professional staff.
- Assists the Chief Deputy Defender and the Public Defender as needed.
Minimum Qualifications Experience:Level I:
One (1) year of experience in the practice of civil or criminal law.Level III:
Two (2) years of experience in the practice of civil or criminal law.Level IV:
Two (2) years of experience as a Deputy Public Defender III in Merced County. OR
Four (4) years of experience in the practice of civil or criminal law.License:
Active membership in the State Bar of California.
Possess a valid California driver's license at time of appointment and maintain.
Essential Functions ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
- Frequent walking and standing for long periods of time; kneel, bend, twist, squat, balance, and crawl.
- Frequent use of a data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motions.
- Frequent lifting 5 pounds or less, occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
- Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception; good overall vision.
- Frequent hearing of normal speech and talking in person and on the telephone.
- Frequent concentration, decision-making and public contact; Conduct presentations.
- Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull twist and manipulate large and small objects.
- Occasional exposure to emergency situation, trauma, or grief; occasional working alone and traveling.
- Occasional contact with dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation and indoor/outdoor cold and heat.
- Frequent use of hand - eye coordination; Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.
- Analyze data, interpret directions, procedures and regulations, and develop appropriate responses.
- Perform job duties under stressful conditions and respond appropriately to situations.
- Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
- Regular attendance is an essential function.
- Practice of criminal law, including pertinent constitutional principles, legal codes, statutes, and court decisions necessary to providing effective defense.
- Legal research methods.
- Trial procedures and the rules of evidence.
- Duties, powers, limitations, and responsibilities of the Public Defender's office.
- Legal procedures and documents used in the court cases.
HOLIDAYS & LEAVES
- Develop facts and legal issues and to present clear and logical legal arguments and statements in the defense of indigent clients.
- Research, analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to legal defense problems.
- Draft legal instruments and opinions.
- Investigate and defend criminal complaints.
- Perform difficult legal research.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others of differing socio-economic background.
- Effectively represent Public Defender functions in contact with the courts, citizens, community organizations and other government agencies.
- Present statements of fact, law and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form.
- Operate a personal computer and other office equipment.
- Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours).
96 hours per Fiscal Year (prorated for the time remaining in the fiscal year).
.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria.
Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday.
Three (3) regularly scheduled work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way.
County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.
County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.
ManagementDisability Plan includes a comprehensive Short/Long Term Disability plan paid for by the employee.
$25,000 County-paid Management Life Insurance coverage. $10,000 County-paid Life Insurance coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee.
The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable.
MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount.EXTRA HELP EMPLOYEES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR COUNTY BENEFITS.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)
MHN EAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.
For more information log on to members.mhn.com.
EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS
The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.
THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.
For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682 or go to Merced County Benefits Summary
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