Misdemeanor Trial Attorney
Indigent Defense Commission - Newport News, VA

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The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) is now accepting applications for the position of Misdemeanor Trial Attorney for the Newport News Public Defenders Office. The qualified candidate should be committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients. The VIDC is committed to providing quality legal services for indigent defendants charged with criminal offenses. The Misdemeanor Trial Attorney reports to the Public Defender of the Newport News Office and is employed at will. A successful candidate is subject to fingerprint based criminal background check.

Duties include conducting client and witness interviews, working with staff investigators to investigate cases and identifying appropriate sentencing alternatives for clients. The attorney will be responsible for trying exclusively misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases in the General District and Circuit Courts.

Minimum Qualifications
Virginia State Bar admission is required along with knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence. The ability to argue legal positions effectively and persuasively, recognize, formulate and implement viable case defense theories and learn and accept constructive criticism are also important. The qualified candidate will have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, multi-task, prioritize assignments and remain organized in a fast-paced environment. A valid driver's license with the means to travel to all courts and regional jails is required.

Preferred Qualifications
Prior experience working in criminal defense of indigent clients is preferred.

Special Requirements