Deputy District Attorney I/II/III/IV

  • San Andreas, California
  • Aug 24, 2023
Full Time Legal Services Other
  • Salary: $78,041.60 - $147,846.40 Annually USD Annually
  • Salary Top: 147846 USD Annually

Job Description

Position Description

Deputy District Attorney I: $37.52 - $45.59

Deputy District Attorney II: $43.65 - $53.04

Deputy District Attorney III: $50.51 - $61.41

Deputy District Attorney IV: $58.49 - $71.08

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.


Deputy District Attorney I is the entry level classification in this flexible series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents learn and perform the less difficult and non-controversial assignments in the District Attorney's Office under the direction and guidance of the District Attorney and more senior attorneys. Incumbents normally advance to the higher level of Deputy District Attorney II after gaining experience, achieving proficiency and demonstrating the ability to perform tasks as assigned that meet the requirements for Deputy District Attorney II.

Deputy District Attorney II is the journey level classification in this flexible series. Under general supervision, through formal and informal work review, incumbents perform a full range of assignments. Positions at this level are normally filled by advancement from the Deputy District Attorney I level.

Deputy District Attorney III is the advanced journey level classification in this flexible series.
Incumbents handle complex and difficult legal matters and assignments, and may provide training and technical expertise to lower level Deputy District Attorneys. A high level of independence in handling cases and assignments is expected at this level.

Deputy District Attorney IV is the most experienced level classification in this flexible series.
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.
Example of Duties
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.

Deputy District Attorney III / IV: (In addition to the above)
  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications
Knowledge of:

Deputy District Attorney I :
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.

Deputy District Attorney II : (In addition to the above)
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.

Deputy District Attorney III / IV : (In addition to the above)
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:

Deputy District Attorney I :
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.

Deputy District Attorney II : (In addition to the above)
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.

Deputy District Attorney III : (In addition to the above)
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.

Deputy District Attorney IV : (In addition to the above)
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.

Education, 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.

Deputy District Attorney (all levels) :
A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school, and

Deputy District Attorney I :
No experience required.

Deputy District Attorney II :
Two (2) years of professional legal experience at a level equivalent to Deputy District Attorney I in Calaveras County.

Deputy District Attorney III :
Four (4) years of professional legal experience which has included at least two (2) years of experience at a level equivalent to the Deputy District Attorney II with Calaveras County.

Deputy District Attorney IV :
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.

Special Requirements
  • 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.

Bargaining Unit 10 - Calaveras County Public Service Employees Association

For available Health/Dental/Vision insurance please visit the County BENEFITS WEBPAGE.
Please note that Extra-hire positions that are benefitted, are only offered our CORE medical plan and are not offered dental or vision.

NEW * Assist-To-Own program to help Couny employees purchase a home.
Program Highlights:
  • Down Payment Assistance, up to 5.5% of the Total Mortgage Loan.
  • Available with purchase of a primary residence.
  • Variety of Mortgage Loan options (FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Loans).
  • No first-time homebuyer requirement to qualify.
  • Flexible guidelines: Minimum FICO 640; Maximum DTI 50%.
  • Flexible income limits, up to moderate income levels; no income limits for FHA and VA.
For more information, vists Calaveras County Assist-to-Own

Uniform Allowance:$650.04 per calendar year for specific positionssplit into monthly payments.Payments will be made monthly on the second pay check.Qualifying Classifications: Crime Scene Specialist/Property Room Manager, Deputy Probation Officer I/II/III, Correctional Cook I/II, Correctional Technician, Correctional Officer, Correctional Corporal, Correctional Sergeant, Dispatcher Clerk, Sr. Dispatcher, and Animal Control Officer I/II/III. The County shall pay a two hundred dollar and four cent ($200.04) per calendar year uniform maintenance allowance to Animal Shelter Assistant.

Uniform Allowance(Shirt):$200.04 per calendar year split into monthly payments.Qualifying Classifications: Animal Shelter Assistant

Professional Time Off: 80 hours annually, prorated to 40 hours if hired after July 1st. Qualifying Classifications: Deputy District Attorney I/II/III/IV

Extra-hire employees are not eligible for step advances, vacation, seniority rights, holiday pay or other certain employee benefits. They are entitled to 24 hours of sick leave per year and eligilbe for the county's CORE Medical plan but not eligible for dental or vision insurance.

Vacation days:

0 - 3 complete years = 80 hours per year.

After 6 months you can take your first week.

3 - 10 complete years = 120 hours per year

10 years+ = 160 per year

Holidays:13 paid holidays per year.

Life Insurance: $50,000.00 County paid

Sick Leave: 12 days annual sick leave accrual with unlimited accumulation.

Sick leave is accrued at 3.69 hours for each full 80 hours of payroll period.

60 hours of sick leave can be used for immediate family, parent spouse, child or sibling.

Merit: After successfully completing twenty-six (26) pay periods, a 5% merit increase may be granted.Merit increases may be granted annually thereafter to the top step.

Probation Period: New employees remain in a probationary status for 26 pay periods.

Longevity Incentives @ 2.5% for each of the following:
  • 5.5 years (if hired before March 28, 2005)
  • 6 years
  • 10 years
  • 15 years
  • 20 years
  • 25 years

Bi-Lingual pay:$50 per month for specific approved job classifications.

Flexible Spending: Pre-Tax Medical Reimbursement - Max contribution of $2,500 annually

Flexible Spending:Pre-Tax Dependent Care Account - Max contribution of $5,000 annually

Section 125 Plan:Additional insurance is available through the Section 125 plan and may be purchased from arepresentative during open enrollment or by appointment when they are on-site.

Heart & Stroke Insurance

Cancer Insurance

Accident Insurance

Universal Life Insurance

Short Term Disability Insurance




Extra-Hire's will be enrolled into Public Agency Retirement System (PARS) unless you are already a member of CalPERS.

SAFETY CalPERS:for Correctional Officer, Correctional Corporal, Correctional Sergeant and Deputy Probation Officer I/II/III.
PEPRA MEMBERS: 2.7% at 57

Additional Retirement Plan:

The County offers a 457(b) Government plan. Employees can contribute to this deferred compensation plan (Pre-Tax).The County currently utilizes VALIC.

Participating employees will receive a County paid match of up to $50 a month.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

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