JOB OPENING

Staff Attorney

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a Staff Attorney to prosecute Magistrate Court offenses. Under limited supervision of General Counsel, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for prosecuting all Magistrate level offenses; negotiating cases and plea agreements; conducting bench and jury trials; presenting motions, pleadings, and arguments in court; and interviewing witnesses, police officers, victims, and others. Deals courteously and effectively with fellow employees and citizens.

  • Review and prepare for prosecution, all Magistrate level arrests cited by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Deputies.
  • Meet with officers monthly to review cases.
  • Train and teach Beaufort County Sheriff’s Deputies regarding case preparation, testimony and general court procedures.
  • Interview victims and witnesses involved in magistrate level arrests.
  • Conduct pre-trial conferences with officers and Defense Attorneys.
  • Negotiate plea agreements.
  • Prosecute bench and jury trials.
  • Maintain a calendar of pre-trial conferences with charging deputies.
  • Track and maintain statistics on the conviction rate.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school;
  • Candidates must be admitted to practice law in South Carolina (member of South Carolina Bar).
  • Have met 403 requirements.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license for South Carolina with safe driving record.
  • Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State laws, and City ordinances.
  • Knowledge of judicial procedures and the rules of evidence, principles, methods of legal research.
  • Skills to draft legal documents, prepare, present and argue cases effectively in court.
  • Skill in using mainframe systems and personal computers including Word and Excel.
  • Skill in excellent communication, both oral and written.
  • Skill in the operation of all basic office equipment.
    Ability to exercise discretion and judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines (or laws/statute).
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in performing duties and protects operations by keeping information confidential.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send resumes to [email protected]