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Assistant Public Defender – 19th Judicial Circuit

Why watch it on T.V. when you can live it every day in this exciting field of criminal law! The drama of the courtroom can be a reality for you as an Assistant Public Defender in the 19th Judicial Circuit. We provide training, CLE seminars, top-rated computer and video technology, competitive salaries, full benefits and pay all overhead while you are able to focus on this exciting and rewarding field. You won’t be bored! E-mail your resume and cover letter to Diamond Litty at [email protected] or mail to 216 South Second Street, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 or visit us at   EEOC

PUBLIC DEFENDER offices in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties Assistant Public Defender

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PUBLIC DEFENDER offices in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties are seeking attorneys to handle misdemeanor, and/or juvenile cases.  Excellent opportunity to gain trial experience.  We provide extensive training, such as Public Defender College (basic and advanced), Prosecutor/Public Defender Training Program, and CLE approved training.  Generous benefits include State retirement system and health/hospitalization, life, and disability insurance coverage.  Prefer Florida Bar members.  Send resume to Bruce Miller, Public Defender, P.O. Box 12666, Pensacola, Florida 32591-2666 or email to [email protected].

Must be a member of The Florida Bar in good standing.

The Public Defender’s Office is responsible for providing legal counsel, when appointed by the Court, to those accused of criminal offenses who cannot afford to hire a lawyer.

The duties of an Assistant Public Defender [Attorney] include:

Representation of indigent persons charged with crimes, including felonies, misdemeanors and traffic cases for which a sentence of incarceration may be imposed, in all phases of the criminal process from arraignment to post-conviction or appellate relief.

Meeting with clients after arrest and obtain their history to make bond arguments to the court. Preparing pre-trial motions such as Notice of Discovery, Motions to Suppress Evidence, and Motions to Dismiss, which are required to be filed and setting hearings to ensure that they are carried out properly. Preparing post-trial matters such as potions to withdraw pleas, motions to reconsider sentence and post-conviction petitions.

Interviewing and counseling defendants to discuss the appropriate actions to be taken and which, if any, pre-trial motions should be filed.

Maintaining working relationship with clients in person, by phone and by mail contact.

Investigating the alleged crime or offense by meeting with witnesses, police officers and reviewing the facts, including depositions.

Performing as trial counsel by representing defendants during courtroom proceedings. Researching case law, communicating with defendant to determine trial strategy such as cross-examination procedures, witness selection, jury selection, testimony decisions and opening and closing arguments.

Optional methods of submitting applications directly to employer:

E-MAIL: [email protected]

US MAIL: Office of the Public Defender, 1st Judicial Circuit, Attention: Human Resources, PO Box 12666, Pensacola, FL 32591

HAND DELIVERY TO: Office of the Public Defender, 1st Judicial Circuit, 190 W. Governmental Center, 1st Floor, Pensacola, FL 32502

Public Defender for the Eighth Judicial Circuit

Law Offices of Stacy A. Scott, Public Defender for the Eighth Judicial Circuit, is seeking entry level attorneys and those with experience handling felony cases.  State of Florida health, paid leave, and retirement benefits.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Headquartered in Gainesville.  Send state employment application, resume, cover letter and writing sample to [email protected].