Defense Attorney - Carlsbad, NM

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Job location
211 North Canal
Carlsbad, NM 88220
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Law Offices of The Public Defender
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Criminal Defense Attorney advertisement covers the following classifications based on an applicants qualifications.
The Associate Trial Attorney is required to have the legal knowledge and experience to independently handle misdemeanor/ juvenile and first through fourth degree felony cases or simple to complex appeals. One (1) year of experience as a practicing attorney required.
The Trial Attorney handles complex and difficult cases in first through fourth degree felonies, misdemeanor and juvenile cases plus at this level the attorney is required to co-counsel and provide direction, training and assistance to lower level attorneys. Four (4) years of experience as a practicing attorney required.
May be required to direct, coordinate and supervise less experienced attorneys, other professionals and clerical staff.
Conducts legal research/analysis of laws, precedents, legal issues, rules of procedure and evidence in preparation of cases.
Reviews and investigates client cases to determine legal position and legal strategy.
Prepares for litigation and appeals through initiation of legal documents, review of case information, obtaining evidence, conducting interviews and reparation of witnesses to testify.
Researches changes in laws, legislation, rules, court decisions, case precedents, to determine/anticipate legal problems and propose resolutions.
Drafts/reviews, proposes and prepares reports, memoranda in opposition, briefs, legal documents, motions, correspondence, and appeals for clients.
Counsels and advises clients on cases such as pleadings, arraignments, trials, appeals.
Represents the client in legal matters, such as motions, hearings, litigation and appeals.
Explains, interprets and keeps client informed on changes in law, court decisions, legal issues and problems.
Attends seminars, training classes and reviews current professional literature to maintain and develop professional skill and knowledge.
Conducts plea bargaining with District Attorneys and other parties to establish agreements to resolve cases.
Follows through on case by ensuring client release, client payments.
Performs related work as required.


Current license as an attorney issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court or eligible for limited license issued by New Mexico Supreme Court and one (1) year of experience as a practicing attorney.

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's License.

Collective Bargaining: This position may be covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.

Default FLSA: Exempt

Geographic Pay Differential: This position may qualify for Geographic Pay Differential. Please refer to the LOPD website, Geographic Differential, for more information.

The Law Offices of the Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis on race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, spousal affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political affiliation or religion, mental or physical disability, or serious medical condition.

This job advertisement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

To apply: 


Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$42,931.20 - $95,680.00 Annually
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018