Deputy Public Defender II

  • Monterey County Human Resources
  • Salinas, California
  • Mar 19, 2024
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $8,257.00 - $11,215.00 Monthly USD

Job Description

Position Description

Priority Screening Date: 4/1/2024
Exam #: 24/39P11/03SA

All application materials must be received by the priority screening date for a guaranteed review. Applications received after this date will be considered on an as needed basis until the position is filled.

The Monterey County Public Defender's Office seeks applicants for Deputy Public Defender II. The Deputy Public Defender career series provides expertise necessary to prepare and defend juveniles and indigent adults through the Public Defender's Office. Incumbents are responsible for independently managing a caseload and are in court approximately 85% of their time. The Deputy Public Defender II is the second level in the career series. Incumbents at this level are expected to independently manage a routine caseload.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment process may be used County-wide to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.

This classification is part of a flexible series. Incumbents appointed at the lower level of the career series may be promoted up to the higher level of the career series subject to their meeting the employment standards for the higher class and a recommendation for their promotion by the appointing authority.

Examples of Duties

  • Prepares and defends criminal cases by presenting opening statements, interrogating and cross examining witnesses, introducing evidence, making relevant objections, arguing points of law, and presenting closing arguments.
  • Researches questions of law and evidence and applies statutory and decisional case law, along with such other legal treatises as may be required, in the preparation of cases for hearing in court.
  • Attends other scheduled court hearings such as arraignments, pretrial hearings and motions, sentencings and probation revocations.
  • Prepares legal briefs, motions, memorandums of points and authorities, documents and pleadings.
  • Interviews victims, police officers and witnesses.
  • Marshals, reviews and prepares evidence for presentation in court.
  • Negotiates the appropriate disposition of criminal cases without going to trial.
  • Organizes facts and legal arguments and marshals witnesses in preparation for trial and other court proceedings; determines nature of follow-up investigations needed for trial.
To view the complete classification description, please visit the County of Monterey website: Deputy Public Defender II

Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Thorough knowledge of:
  • The methods of legal research and writing
Skill and Ability to:
  • Gather and evaluate complex data and draw logical conclusions; evaluate facts and formulate an effective course of action.
  • Read, interpret and apply the principles contained in statutes, published court decisions and other relevant legal precedent.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Skill to use a personal computer.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training

Any combination of training, education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities and required conditions of employment is qualifying.

Additional Information

The required conditions of employment include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Possess an active membership in the State Bar of California.
  • Successfully complete a background check to include Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprinting.
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C driver’s license or the ability to provide suitable transportation that is approved by the appointing authority.
  • Be available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and during times of disaster and/or emergency.
The County of Monterey offers an excellent benefits package. Please visit our website to view the D-Unit Benefit Summary Sheet . This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.

As a condition of employment, prospective employees may be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of any criminal convictions. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.

Application and Selection Procedures

Apply On-Line at ,

Priority Screening Deadline: April 1, 2024, 11:59 PM(PST)


Hard copy applications may be obtained from and submitted during normal business hours,

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM by contacting:

County of Monterey

Attn: Stephanie Ahumada, Associate Personnel Analyst

168 W. Alisal Street, 3rd Floor

Salinas, CA 93901

Phone: (831) 755-5238 Fax: (831) 757-5792

The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:
  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questions
Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the final filing deadline will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Stephanie Ahumada, Human Resources Analyst, at (831) 755-5238, or

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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Job Address

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