Deputy Public Defender III

  • County of El Dorado
  • Shingle Springs, California
  • May 24, 2022
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $87,214.40 - $165,318.40 Annually USD

Job Description


The County of El Dorado is committed to promoting the power of public service by fostering a diverse and collaborative workplace where employees are empowered, respected and valued. The dedicated efforts taken by the Board of Supervisors continues to promote El Dorado County as a competitive employer that is committed to recruiting and retaining qualified employees by advocating for competitive salaries and excellent benefits. The County of El Dorado is also supportive of providing telework opportunities for employees consistent with business needs and in accordance with Board of Supervisors Policy E-12 - Telecommuting.

The Public Defender's Office is committed to providing legal representation for people charged with criminal offenses who cannot afford to hire private counsel. The Public Defender's office provides quality legal services in a compassionate and professional manner, providing constitutional balance to the El Dorado County legal system.

You will have the opportunity to perform professional legal duties in support of the Public Defender's Office; provide public defense and legal services for court-appointed cases; perform legal research; plan and coordinate investigations for the legal defense cases.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to:
  • Prepare the defense for court-referred clients in a variety of misdemeanor, felony, juvenile, and conservatorship, or other specialty cases.
  • Consult, confer, and communicate with clients advising them of charges and legal rights, and to discuss options, as set forth in office policies and in State Bar ethical requirements.
  • Prepare and appear at pre-trials, trials, arraignments, revocation and bail hearings, and preliminary hearings, conservatorship hearings, and other Mental Health civil commitment hearings, in order to represent clients.
  • Prepare suppression motions, motions to dismiss, motions to withdraw a plea, appellate briefs, and post-conviction motions as directed by management.
  • Negotiate with prosecution attorneys for case disposition or modification.
For a full description of duties and responsibilities please review the job description here .

The ideal Deputy Public Defender III candidate is someone with a strong attention to detail, organizational skills and has the skills to perform the work independently as well as the ability to work cooperatively with other County departments and the public.

Human Resources will assess your application to determine if you are minimally qualified using the following recommendations:

Education and Experience:
Deputy Public Defender III :
  • A Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from an accredited law school.
  • Three (3) Years as an attorney engaged in the practice of law in the State of California, preferably in the area of criminal defense is required.
Licenses and Certifications:
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, a valid California or Nevada Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record.
  • Possession of an active membership in good standing with the State Bar of California.
Click here to view the minimum Qualifications for Deputy Public Defender III, as well as the physical, environmental, and working conditions.

Apply online by clicking the 'Apply' link at the top of this announcement. When your online application and responses to the required supplemental questions are complete, click 'Accept'.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Britton Daniels in Human Resources at

The Human Resources Department will screen all applications to identify qualified candidates. After the screening, qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the recruitment process.

Training and Experience Review (Weighted 100%): A training and experience review consists of candidates responding to supplemental questions on the job application. A subject matter expert will evaluate each candidate's responses based on predetermined criteria. The subject matter experts are not granted access to the candidate's application; therefore, responses to the supplemental questions should be thorough, detailed, and complete.
Top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring department on a biweekly schedule until the position is filled.

For more information on the recruitment process, click here .

Based on the department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures.

The County of El Dorado is recruiting applicants for Deputy Public Defender III. This recruitment will establish a list for the purpose of filling current and future full-time, part-time, and extra help vacancies for at least three (3) months.

There is currently (1) one full-time vacancy in the Public Defender's Office, located in Shingle Springs, CA

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

The County of El Dorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Many job classifications require pre-employment medical screening. Depending on the job classification, medical screening may include testing for drugs, including but not limited to marijuana; a positive test may result in revocation of an employment offer.

This classification may include positions that are subject to current California Department of Public Health (CDPH), State Public Health Officer Orders requiring all workers who provide services or work in facilities covered by the order to (a) have their first dose of a one-dose regimen or their second dose of a two-dose regimen of an approved vaccine against COVID-19, or (b) provide valid exemption as permitted by the order. An approved exemption would result in the exempted employee being required to wear a face-covering and be regularly tested for COVID-19.

Not just rustic mining town and historic sites - Today El Dorado County is a year-round vacation destination overflowing with outdoor adventure, inviting agritourism locations, enriching family activities, and a proud Gold Rush history. Escape the traffic and smog because El Dorado County is just:
  • 40 miles from Downtown Sacramento
  • 50 miles from Sacramento Airport
  • 129 miles to San Francisco
Here are a few of the many activities and events available throughout El Dorado County:
  • Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Boating, and Watersports
  • Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Live Music and Music Festivals
  • Local Craft Breweries and Wineries
  • El Dorado County Fair
  • Placerville Speedway
  • Farm to Fork Restaurants
  • Local Shopping Gems


Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Shingle Springs, California United States View Map