The Office of the District Attorney seeks talented, ethical, public service-minded attorneys to promote justice and public safety for the people of the County of Monterey and the State of California. The office is an approved MCLE provider and conducts regular in-house training. There are 53 deputy district attorneys.
Positions are available in both the Criminal and Civil Divisions. Deputy District Attorney IIIs and IVs manage a high volume of more difficult criminal and civil cases with minimal supervision. Deputy District Attorney IIIs and IVs must perform complex legal research and present complicated factual and legal issues clearly, both orally and in writing. The Criminal Division is in Salinas adjacent to the courthouse and is subdivided into Felony Units, a Misdemeanor Prosecutions Unit and a Juvenile Unit. Some of the specialized positions in the Felony Unit include: Auto insurance fraud, child abuse, disability and healthcare insurance fraud, elder abuse, gangs, prison crime, sexual assault, and workers’ compensation insurance fraud. The Civil Division is in Monterey and handles consumer protection, environmental crimes, cannabis enforcement, real estate fraud, asset forfeiture, and weapon forfeiture.
The ideal candidate for the Criminal Division is an experienced litigator with a significant number of prior jury trials and who has prior service in a District Attorney’s Office, Attorney General’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, or other criminal defense litigation firm.
The ideal candidate for the Civil Division has extensive working knowledge and practical experience with California rules of civil procedure, law and motion, drafting of pleadings and discovery, including complaints, stipulated judgments, injunctions, and investigative subpoenas. Solid negotiation skills are a must. The ideal candidate will also have meaningful experience, whether in the public or private sector, handling cases under Business & Professions Code sections 17200 and 17500.
This classification is part of a flexible series. Incumbents appointed at the lower level of the career series may be promoted up to the higher level of the career series subject to their meeting the employment standards for the higher class and a recommendation for their promotion by the appointing authority in accordance with the Flexible Staffing Program and Guidelines.
The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.