Public Defender attorneys provide effective legal representation to indigent adult and juvenile clients in criminal cases, probation cases, and limited categories of civil cases filed in Skagit County District Court, Juvenile Court, and/or Superior Court.
Salary Range upon hire, depending on qualifications:
Public Defender I: $34.05-$36.47 per hour
Public Defender II: $36.43-$39.02 per hour
Public Defender III: $39.02-$41.82 per hour
Handle Superior and/or District Court proceedings based upon level of skill, knowledge and experience as determined by the Director.
Meet with clients to obtain information that is relevant to the defense of their case, which may include obtaining information that is relevant to the issue of release from confinement or a reduction of bail; to determine the client’s goals of the litigation; to discuss possible defenses and trial strategy; and to provide legal information and advice. Attorneys maintain communication with clients in person, by phone, by e-mail, or by mail throughout the course of the representation to keep their clients informed regarding the status of their case.
Conduct or direct investigation that is appropriate for each case, including, but not limited to, interviewing State and defense witnesses, obtaining records, consulting with expert witnesses, and visiting alleged crime scenes.
Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the cases assigned to him or her; develop an understanding of the possible sentences or outcomes of the litigation, including immigration and other collateral consequences; and develop an understanding of the law that is relevant to the case through legal research. Attorneys prepare and file appropriate motions, including, but not limited to, motions to dismiss, motions to suppress evidence, motions to compel discovery; and motions to compel services.
Engage in negotiations with the Prosecuting Attorney or Attorney General to develop possible resolutions to each case that are favorable for the client.
Perform as counsel at pre-trial hearings, trial, and post-trial hearings, including sentencing, restitution, and review hearings. Attorneys are responsible for filing appeals on behalf of his or her clients, and may handle criminal appeals from District Court to Superior Court.
Keep abreast of developments in the law and attend training sessions to receive CLE credit and to enhance knowledge of the law in his or her practice area.
May represent juveniles in criminal and civil juvenile proceedings . Attorneys work with social service agencies and schools to ensure their juvenile clients receive the protection and care that is needed.
May represent clients in mental health proceedings in the local treatment facilities where clients may be confined, and work with psychiatrists and other medical treatment personnel.
May represent parents in dependency proceedings. Attorneys work with social service agencies to ensure their clients receive necessary services.
Serve as a 24-hour, on-call attorney on a rotating basis.
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