Assistant Public Defender
- Position Summary
The Assistant position is an Attorney position. This position must be familiar the Pennsylvania Laws and Procedures. Must be able to interview clients, photo crime scenes and do extensive legal research. As well as represent clients/patients.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Must have a law degree.
- Must be admitted to practice law and fully licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.
- Must have good legal writing skills.
- Must have good verbal presentation skills.
- Must comply with mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements.
- Must be familiar with PA. Rules of Evidence, Criminal Procedure, sentencing Guidelines, Mental Health Procedures Act, Protection from Abuse Act, Domestic Relations, Diagnostic and Statistics Manual IV, Controlled Substance, Dangerous Device, Cosmetic Act, Crimes Code and the Juvenile Act.
- Interview clients, witnesses, and others at the office, prison, District Justices' offices, hospitals, police stations, and occasionally other places.
- Go to crime scenes to photograph, measure, canvass for witnesses.
- Do legal research in the local library, state law library, online, and public and college libraries.
- Write, file and argue legal briefs and motions in the York County Court of Common Pleas, Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania.
- Represent patients at hearings conducted under the Mental Health Procedures Act at local and Harrisburg State Hospitals and York County Prison.
- Appeal decisions rendered under the Mental Health Procedures Act by the Mental Health Review Officer and occasionally conduct hearings de novo at the Court of Common Pleas.
- Represent persons accused of crimes by attending preliminary hearings before Districts Justices, researching, filing, conducting hearings and arguing pretrial motions, jury and non-jury trials, post-trial motions, sentencing motions, appeals to Superior and Supreme Courts.
- Represent persons seeking relief under the Post-Conviction Relief Act.
- Represent persons at summary trials before District Justices and appeals of summary convictions in the Court of Common Pleas.
- Advise persons charged with crimes about Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, Drug Treatment Court, Intermediate Punishment, and dispositions under Pa. R. Crim. P. 586, Sentencing Guidelines.
- Attend Juvenile Delinquency Detention hearings, Adjudication, Dispositions, and review hearings.
Other reasonable duties as assigned by Supervisor.