Attorney (Division of Alternatives to Incarceration)

Albuquerque, NM
Full Time
Practice Areas: Criminal Exp.: 4+ Years

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The Office of the Second Judicial District Attorney (DA’s Office) improves the quality of life of the citizens of Bernalillo County by reducing crime through thoughtful enforcement of the law and the development of a criminal justice system. The Office is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is seeking applicants to serve as an attorney within the Division of Alternatives to Incarceration.

The Alternatives to Incarceration Prosecutor will work with various entities within the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office, to include our Crime Strategies Unit and the Pre-Prosecution Diversion Program, to evaluate cases to identify lower-level offenders to determine the best course of action in reducing recidivism for the specific offender. The Division of Alternatives to Incarceration Prosecutor will work cooperatively with both Metropolitan Court and District Court to divert the offender through various Specialty and Diversion Courts - both within Metropolitan and District Court - or through non-court alternatives, both inside and outside the criminal justice system. Ideally, the Attorney will have in-depth knowledge of the root causes of certain crime, to include mental health disorders and substance use disorders.

The Division of Alternatives to Incarceration will implement policy directives from the District Attorney, and will regularly meet with Chief of Policy and Planning, Chief Administrative Officer, and Pre-Prosecution Diversion Director to best achieve diversion, rehabilitation, and reduction in recidivism.

The Division of Alternatives to Incarceration Prosecutor will work closely with the Community Based Crime Reduction Community Prosecutor to act as a critical liaison to educators, non-profits, neighborhood associations, and local businesses, and will work to build vital connections between the DA’s Office and community stakeholders, enhancing the accessibility of the criminal justice system, and strengthening the community's trust.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • This position requires comprehensive and current knowledge and skills in the areas of criminal prosecution, rules of evidence and rules of criminal procedure; public relations; organization and supervision; basic computer skills including working knowledge of office systems; fully effective trial skills; ability to draft legal documents; ability to work effectively with other criminal agencies; ability to communicate effectively; ability to research/analyze information and situations; knowledge of various mental health and substance use disorders is important, but not mandatory.
  • Works independently with minimal consultation with supervisors (except for higher profile or complex cases).
  • Significant prosecutorial discretion on cases within assigned caseload.
  • Additionally, the Division for Alternatives to Incarceration Prosecutor position must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with community members from diverse social-economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds.
  • Requirements:
  • Requirements: Licensed attorney to practice law in good standing either in New Mexico or another state with the ability to obtain a limited license, plus a minimum of four (4) years as a practicing attorney in criminal law or three (3) years as a prosecuting attorney.
  • Preferred Qualifications: Five (5) years or more of relevant prosecution experience.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed in an office environment as well as significant work out of the office and in the community.

Salary for the proposed Alternatives to Incarceration Prosecutor position will be commensurate with similarly situated Senior Level Trial Attorneys employed by the District Attorney's Office and commensurate with the role and qualifications of a Senior Trial Attorney.

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