Deputy District Attorney I/II/III (Limited Term)

  • Napa County
  • Napa, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Temporary Legal Services Other
  • Salary: $107,702.40 - $187,366.40 Annually USD

Job Description

The Napa Valley

Napa County is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.

Napa County as an Employer

As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation. Learn more HERE.
The Position
The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and extra help vacancies for up to one year. There is currently one (1) Limited Term vacancy. The department may choose to fill the vacancy at the I, II, or III level, depending on the qualifications of the candidate pool. The Attorney classification series is flexibly staffed from the I to the III; meaning incumbents can progress from one level to another, once they have mastered their current level and if department operational needs justify it, without a competitive process.

The ideal candidate will be a person of integrity while possessing a passion for justice, a love of mercy, and an attitude of humility.

Attorney I:
The Attorney I is the entry level classification of this flexibly staffed series. Incumbents at this level handle the less difficult cases and assignments, while learning their respective duties and responsibilities.


$51.78 - $61.99 Hourly
$4,142.40 - $4,959.20 Biweekly
$8,975.20 - $10,744.93 Monthly
$107,702.40 - $128,939.20 Annually

Attorney II:
An Attorney II is the journey level classification of this flexibly staffed job series and will handle the moderately complex criminal cases.

SALARY: $62.77 - $75.32 Hourly
$5,021.60 - $6,025.60 Biweekly
$10,880.13 - $13,055.46 Monthly
$130,561.60 - $156,665.60 Annually

Attorney III:
The Attorney III will handle the more difficult and complex assignments.

$74.97 - $90.08 Hourly
$5,997.60 - $7,206.40 Biweekly
$12,994.80 - $15,613.86 Monthly
$155,937.60 - $187,366.40 Annually

The Recruitment Process:

1. Applications will be accepted on-line until the current vacancy is filled, with the first review the week of March 6, 2023.

2. Applications will be screened for minimum qualifications and supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of March 6, 2023. The most qualified applicants from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited for an Oral Panel Interview.

3. Oral panel interviews will be held on a flow basis, starting the week of March 20, 2023. Only the most qualified candidates from the interview process will be placed on the eligibility list and may be considered to fill positions for up to one year. The Human Resources Department reserves the right to change the recruitment process at any time.
Example of Duties
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Interpret laws, court decisions and other legal authorities for use in the preparation of cases, opinions and briefs; prepare pleadings and other legal documents in connection with misdemeanor trials, hearings and other legal proceedings in accordance with departmental policies and procedures; conduct general legal research using some independent judgment, discretion and initiative to determine appropriate prosecution strategy; prepare less complex written legal reports, opinions, briefs and appeals to ensure documentation is completed in a timely manner and complies with departmental policies and procedures; advise complainants and witnesses concerning prospective complaints to help prepare for possible litigation; litigate assigned cases according to ensure convictions are obtained; direct the investigation of assigned cases to ensure needed evidence and information is obtained; interpret laws, court decisions and other legal authorities for use in the preparation of cases, opinions and briefs for assigned cases; prepare pleadings and other legal documents in connection with trials, hearings and other legal proceedings for assigned cases in accordance with departmental policies and procedures; conduct extensive legal research using independent judgment, discretion and initiative to ensure the most effective prosecution strategy is identified; advise law enforcement officers on minor criminal proceedings and procedure to ensure proper legal procedures are fully explained; evaluate requests for the issuance of misdemeanor and felony complaints to ensure all necessary information has been obtained and issue where appropriate; determine appropriate filing charges after thoroughly reviewing and analyzing evidence, police reports and related documents for assigned cases; prepare victims and witnesses for court appearances to ensure they are aware of the appropriate procedures they should follow in the courtroom; communicate orally with defense attorneys and law enforcement representatives regarding status of case or issues related to assigned cases to ensure all interested parties are informed of the status of the case; participate in search warrant duty assignment to provide legal advice to local law enforcement agencies in preparing and executing legal and proper search warrants for felony cases; manage an assigned caseload of cases to ensure all legal proceeding are handled in a timely and efficient manner; coordinate court dates and other schedules with all concerned parties related to assigned cases to ensure all parties are aware their obligations; and, use Microsoft Office products (Word, Power Point, Excel, and Outlook) and legal software to complete assignments.



Prosecution strategies needed to obtain desired verdict.

Criminal laws and civil codes related to misdemeanor and felony offenses.

Rules of evidence to ensure evidence to be presented during trial was obtained legally.

Legal research methods to perform necessary fact finding in preparation of trial materials.

Courtroom and trial procedures to ensure adherence to proper legal procedures.

Department policies and operations to ensure trial preparation activities are in accordance with established standards.

Microsoft Office products (Word, Power Point, Excel, and Outlook) and Departmental legal software to complete assignments.


Analyze evidence and cases in order to develop appropriate prosecution strategies.

Deal effectively with people of various socio-economic backgrounds and temperaments to effectively try case.

Conduct detailed legal research to determine appropriate prosecution strategies.

Interpret laws, regulations and policies governing prosecution of assigned cases to identify appropriate prosecution strategies.

Recognize the consequences of decisions so that all possibilities have been identified.

Comply with laws, regulations, professional practices and departmental policies and procedures governing prosecution program services and operations to ensure proper and ethical prosecution of cases.

Prioritize work assignments to ensure all cases receive the attention needed to ensure they are presented in court when due.

Research case law and regulations to identify appropriate prosecution strategies.

Present cases in court and at hearings to secure requested conviction.

Litigate cases assignments, such as handling high profile cases, change in venue, consumer fraud, major fraud, child molestation and sexual assault to ensure conviction is obtained.

Use Microsoft Office products (Word, Power Point, Excel, Outlook) and Departmental case management system and other legal software to complete assignments.


Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff members, departmental representatives, County officials, the courts, law enforcement agencies and the general public.

Maintain quality of legal work while working under deadline pressures.

Exercise initiative, ingenuity and good judgment in decision-making and in solving problems, including problems of a sensitive or political nature.

Work independently in the absence of close supervision.

Adapt quickly and appropriately to a variety of situations and personalities.

Communicate tactfully in stressful situations when dealing with individuals holding differing opinions and viewpoints.

Demonstrate flexibility in adapting to changes in priorities, assignments and other interruptions, which may impact pre-established timelines and courses of action for completing assignments.

Work on multiple projects and assignments simultaneously.

Use repetitive hand movement and fine hand/eye coordination when using a computer keyboard.

To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess the required experience and education.

Attorney I

None required.

Attorney II
Two years of criminal law, or one year in a District Attorney's Office or Public Defender's Office as an Attorney I equivalent in Napa County.

Attorney III
Three years of criminal law, or one year in a District Attorney's or Public Defender's Office as an Attorney II equivalent in Napa County.

Graduation from an accredited law school.

License or Certificate*:
Active membership in the California State Bar Association is required prior to time of hire; and possession of a valid California Driver's License.

*Any license, certification, or registration required for this position shall be maintained (i.e. active and in good standing) at all times during employment with Napa County. For continued employment with Napa County, you must maintain such license, certification, or registration to meet the minimum qualifications of this position.

ADA Accommodation:
Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Salaries are based on a five-step range. Appointments are usually made at the beginning step with advances occurring at six months and the completion of each year thereafter. Salary rates are reviewed annually.

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All employees hired into allocated positions or extra help positions will be fingerprinted.


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