The Deputy District Attorney I reviews, prepares and tries criminal cases in Jefferson County; presents juvenile delinquency and dependency cases in juvenile court; provides related legal advice to law enforcement agencies and the juvenile department; and other functions as required; performs related legal research and writing.  Primary caseload responsibility involves misdemeanor level crimes and violations.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This position works under the direction of the District Attorney and Senior Deputy who provides consultation on unusual or difficult cases, department policy and interpretation of such policy, and review of work for conformance to accepted legal practices and standards, and office policy.  Supervision of other specific personnel is not a responsibility of this position.  However, supervisory authority is exercised over staff who participate in document preparation or court presentation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Examine investigation reports and determine if further investigation is needed; file charges as appropriate.
  • Prepare or assist in preparation of affidavits, search warrants, arrest warrants, legal memoranda, motions, court orders, and other legal documents filed in court; researches legal issues when needed.
  • Appear as scheduled in circuit court for arraignments, release hearings, motion hearings, plea proceedings, and sentencings, and trials to present the state’s case and argument before a judge or jury.
  • Meet with and interview victims and other witnesses; identify necessary witnesses for hearings or trial and direct the preparation of subpoenas and other notices of court events.
  • Negotiate case resolution with defense as appropriate, and in accordance with the facts of the case, the law and office policy.
  • As assigned, prepare cases for presentation to the grand jury, interview witnesses, advise grand jury on law, complete indictments, warrants, and other documents pertaining to the grand jury as required.
  • As assigned, prepare and present cases at trial in circuit court which includes subpoena and interview of witnesses, and preparation of jury instructions and verdict forms, presentation of evidence and argument.
  • Available to consult and advise police on an on-call basis pertaining to investigations and related legal questions.
  • Perform related work as required for all duties outlined above and any other duties as assigned.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function of the position.


  • Knowledge and Skills

Knowledgeable in substantive and procedural criminal law; skilled in legal research and writing and use of computer, i.e.: Lexis, Oregon Revised Statutes and Case Law; KRPEL; Word.

  • Abilities

Ability to analyze facts, evidence and precedents and to arrive at logical conclusions; ability to set forth findings of fact and decisions in concise written forms; ability to prioritize workload and assignments; ability to deal effectively with the public, witnesses, victims and law enforcement personnel.  Ability to give formal presentations to the general public, instruct people in small groups or a 1-on-1 basis, convey technical concepts to others and work as a team.

  • Physical Abilities

Able to sit at a desk, work at a computer screen and use rapid finger, hand and arm movement for extended periods of time.  Ability to stand and move about Courtroom for extended periods of time.  Ability to speak effectively and clearly.

  • Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree and Law Degree from an accredited law school; knowledge of criminal law and procedures.

  • Licenses and Certificates

Member of the Oregon Bar at the time of appointment and must maintain good standing with the Oregon State Bar through the term of employment.  Must have a valid Oregon Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record.

  • Working Conditions

Work is performed indoors and outdoors where some safety considerations exist from physical labor and handling of light-to-medium weight, yet, awkward materials.

  • Probationary Requirement

This position is based on the successful completion of a twelve-month probationary period.


Salary: $77,151.60 – $94,795.20 Annually