Assistant Public Defender

Top Assistant Public Defender Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for an Assistant Public Defender. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Assistant Public Defender resumes they appeared on. For example, 22.4% of Assistant Public Defender resumes contained Pre-Trial Motions as a skill. Let's find out what skills an Assistant Public Defender actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

The six most common skills found on Assistant Public Defender resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Pre-Trial Motions

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Here's how Pre-Trial Motions is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Appeared and advocated for clients at arraignments, pre-trial motions, probation violations, parole hearings, and sentencing.
  • Represent indigent clients in criminal proceedings, specifically pre-trial motions, trial, and post-trial motions courts.
  • Use expert legal research and writing skills to successfully prepare and argue various pre-trial motions.
  • Worked with expert witnesses in preparation for trial and during pre-trial motions.
  • Researched relevant case law and prepare the appropriate pre-trial motions.
  • Researched, wrote, and argued pre-trial motions.
  • Drafted and argued numerous successful pre-trial motions.
  • Prepared pleadings and argue pre-trial motions.
  • Drafted and litigated pre-trial motions.
  • Participated in pre-trial motions, bench trials, voir dire, jury trials, and violation and sentencing hearings.

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2. Criminal Investigations

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Here's how Criminal Investigations is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Conducted criminal investigations, trial planning, motion practice, discovery, legal research, plea negotiations and courtroom appearances.
  • Prepare cases for trial by conducting criminal investigations, researching and analyzing caselaw and witness testimony.

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3. Trial Preparation

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Here's how Trial Preparation is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Conduct client meetings as an integral part of trial preparation keeping the client involved in the development of the case.
  • Received excellent criminal trial preparation skills by attending the Missouri Public Defender's Trial Skills Workshops I & II.
  • Consult and advise clients throughout representation regarding plea agreements, sentencing, trial preparation, probation revocations.
  • Assisted with trial preparation and worked closely with counsel in preparing defense strategies.
  • Assisted in Felony trial preparation, including taking deposition and sitting first chair.
  • Assisted in the training of attorneys with case management and trial preparation.
  • Conducted client interviews, plea negotiations, depositions, and trial preparation.
  • Train and assist junior attorneys in all aspects of trial preparation.
  • Assisted with trial preparation of witnesses and criminal defendant.
  • Conduct trial preparation and litigate cases.
  • Conduct investigations for trial preparation including interviewing witnesses, visiting crimescenes, and reviewing discovery materials.
  • Handle all motions, pre-trial hearings, plea negotiations, and trial preparation, including witness interviews and evidence preparation.
  • Read and interpreted statutes and case law for pre-trial motions, trial preparation, and arguments.

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4. Misdemeanor Cases

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Here's how Misdemeanor Cases is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Represented indigent defendants in felony and misdemeanor cases.
  • Litigated domestic, felony and misdemeanor cases.
  • Represented defendants in felony and misdemeanor cases in the Juvenile, General District and Circuit Courts for the City of Roanoke.
  • Handled over six hundred misdemeanor cases consisting of possession cases, DWI cases, bad check cases and child endangerment cases.
  • Represented of indigent clients in criminal prosecutions from arrest through trial and appeal in misdemeanor cases, primarily traffic offenses.
  • Handled all phases of defense in criminal misdemeanor cases before the District Court, including appeals to Superior Court.
  • Secured acquittals in several narcotics and simple misdemeanor cases via jury and bench trials.
  • Defend clients in felony/ misdemeanor cases through trial * Prepare motions and legal filings
  • Defended all types of felony and misdemeanor cases including major felonies.
  • Represented indigent accused in all aspects of their misdemeanor cases.
  • Handled felony and misdemeanor cases from arraignment to trial.
  • handle misdemeanor cases, child in need of aid (CINA) cases, juvenile delinquency, and commitment proceedings.
  • Represented indigent clients in felony and misdemeanor cases in the Superior Courts of the Cordele Judicial Circuit.
  • Represented criminal defendants in both felony and misdemeanor cases -Tried three jury trials and several bench trials
  • Assigned all Circuit Court cases in Calhoun County and all misdemeanor cases in Roane County.

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5. Family Law

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6. Indigent Clients

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Here's how Indigent Clients is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Represented legal interests of indigent clients in every aspect of criminal proceedings including Juvenile, Traffic, Misdemeanors and Felonies.
  • Represented indigent clients charged with misdemeanor and felony criminal offenses in general district and circuit courts.
  • Represented indigent clients in felony and misdemeanor criminal cases including jury trials and plea-bargains.
  • Represented indigent clients in criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors through serious felonies.
  • Represented indigent clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses.
  • Represent indigent clients in felony and misdemeanor criminal matters.
  • Represented indigent clients on misdemeanor and felony cases.
  • Provided criminal defense representation to indigent clients.
  • Conducted initial interviews for indigent clients charged with various serious felony offenses including Child Molestation, Rape, and Homicide.
  • Represented indigent clients charged with misdemeanor crimes for five months, including every misdemeanor in the office for two months.
  • Utilized strong advocacy skills to assess facts and negotiate plea agreements with state attorneys on behalf of indigent clients.
  • Represented low income and indigent clients in every phase of criminal proceedings starting with initial arraignment through final sentencing.
  • Provided criminal defense for indigent clients in bond hearings, examining trials, and felony drug cases.
  • Managed caseload of 100 cases and represented indigent clients in all aspects of criminal proceedings.
  • Represent indigent clients charged with felonies and misdemeanors, including capital murder.
  • Represent indigent clients in serious misdemeanors, felonies and violation of probation cases
  • Represented indigent clients in every phase of the criminal court system.
  • Assist indigent clients with criminal matters.
  • Represented indigent clients in criminal cases.
  • Represented indigent clients in criminal appellate matters; including direct appeals, post conviction proceedings and petitions for certiorari.

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8. Plea Agreements

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Here's how Plea Agreements is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Develop mitigation to aid in the formulation of sentencing recommendations and/or negotiating plea agreements.
  • Negotiated plea agreements and performed preliminary hearings on behalf of indigent defendants.
  • Conducted bench and jury trials, negotiated plea agreements with the prosecutors and drafted and filed appeals as needed.
  • Negotiated plea agreements, researched legal issues and drafted pleadings, motions and memorandums of law.
  • Argued motions, conduct trials, and negotiate plea agreements that are beneficial for clients.
  • Handled plea agreements, motions to suppress, investigations, disposition hearings and competency hearings.
  • Negotiate with Assistant State Attorneys to secure plea agreements or outright dismissal of charges.
  • Negotiated with the prosecutor s office and advised clients on plea agreements.
  • Negotiated plea agreements between clients and the State of Florida.
  • Negotiated plea agreements with prosecuting attorneys on behalf of clients.
  • Negotiate plea agreements with the State to resolve criminal charges.
  • Conducted client and witness interviews and negotiated plea agreements.
  • Complete autonomy in negotiating plea agreements and trial choices.
  • Negotiate favorable plea agreements with clients and the Commonwealth.
  • Negotiated plea agreements and reduction of charges with prosecutors.
  • Negotiate and advise clients of plea agreements.
  • Negotiate plea agreements with the State including.
  • Negotiated plea agreements with Assistant State Attorneys.
  • Negotiated hundreds of plea agreements.
  • Participated in pre-trial conferences with prosecutors and negotiated plea agreements.

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9. Counsel

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Here's how Counsel is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Counseled and represented indigent persons in Summit County during court proceedings.
  • Served as lead trial counsel at all stages of criminal litigation, from initial appearance at arraignment through trial and sentencing.
  • Represented and counseled indigent persons charged with misdemeanors in all phases of a criminal case, from arraignment to trial.
  • Coordinated with State and local agencies for referrals to mental health and substance abuse counseling for clients as needed.
  • Developed and implemented case plans and trial strategies, negotiated settlements, and advised and counseled clients.
  • Provided legal counsel to multiple inmates serving life sentences in state prison over span of three years.
  • Provide counsel to clients in paternity cases, and associated initial orders of custody and support.
  • Served as legal counsel to indigent criminal defendants spanning five rural counties in northwest Missouri.
  • Provided legal counsel to indigent juveniles charged with felony crimes in Florida State Courts.
  • Interviewed and counseled juveniles and their families on delinquency charges and proceedings.
  • Practiced criminal defense as an Attorney and Counselor at Law.
  • Perform as trial counsel by representing clients during courtroom proceedings.
  • Conducted client interviews and counseled clients on their legal rights.
  • Lead counsel in over fifty trials.
  • Negotiated pleas with opposing counsel.
  • Negotiated plea bargain sentences, charge reductions and case dismissals amongst clients, the court and opposing counsel.
  • Performed as lead counsel during courtroom proceedings including jury trials, bond hearings, and probation revocations.
  • Appeared numerous times in Cattaraugus County court, appearing of counsel to the Chief Public Defender.
  • Lead counsel in over 50 jury trials.
  • Counseled clients, handled cases from pre-arraignment to disposition, filed pre- and post-trial motions and depose witnesses.

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10. Court Hearings

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Here's how Court Hearings is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Manage felony trial courtroom daily Routinely represent adults in felony jury trials Routinely represent clients in bond court hearings
  • Advocated for clients in court hearings and oral arguments.
  • Involved in various trials and court hearings
  • Prepared cases for presentation in court; appeared in court and represented defendants at court hearings, trials and sentencings.

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11. Juvenile Offenders

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Here's how Juvenile Offenders is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Represented indigent defendants, including juvenile offenders, in district and circuit criminal court proceedings, and parole hearings.
  • Represented thousands of clients ranging from Juvenile offenders to Habitual Felony Offenders from varying socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

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12. Mental Health Services

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13. Preliminary Hearings

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Here's how Preliminary Hearings is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Performed legal research and presented arguments in misdemeanor trials, felony preliminary hearings, and probation hearings for indigent criminal defendants.
  • Conducted preliminary hearings, probation violation hearings, sentencing hearings, suppression and numerous pretrial motion hearings.
  • Represented defendants at preliminary hearings in criminal cases ranging from second degree misdemeanors to felonies.
  • Conducted numerous depositions, preliminary hearings, violation of probation hearings and sentencing hearings.
  • Researched and analyzed various statutes relating to bond issues and Preliminary Hearings.
  • Defended 54 criminal jury trials and obtained numerous dismissals after preliminary hearings.
  • Represented indigent criminal defendants in misdemeanor trials and felony preliminary hearings.
  • Argued and conducted criminal defense in preliminary hearings.
  • Led misdemeanor and felony cases through pretrial motions, preliminary hearings, trials, and post-sentence motions.
  • Conducted and argued hundreds of preliminary hearings and pretrial motions in Philadelphia Municipal and Common Pleas courts.
  • Trained and supervised new attorneys conducting preliminary hearings and felony non-jury (waiver) trials.
  • Handle arraignments, pleas, revocations, bond setting and preliminary hearings.
  • Tried preliminary hearings, bench trials and jury trials as lead attorney.
  • Conduct hundreds of preliminary hearings before the District Magistrate Judge.
  • Represented 30-50 clients per week at preliminary hearings county-wide.
  • Prepared for and handled both trials and preliminary hearings.
  • Handled every aspect of representation of clients before formal indictment including bond issues, preliminary hearings, and Habeas Corpus issues.
  • Conduct - ed preliminary hearings, bail arguments, negotiated with police officers and the District Attorneys
  • Conducted preliminary hearings, competency, probation and sentencing hearings and pre and post trial motions.
  • Conducted many preliminary hearings including issuing supoenas and subpoena duces tecums for non Lafoutune materials.

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14. Appellate Briefs

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Here's how Appellate Briefs is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Drafted appellate briefs, one of which resulted in a successful reversal by the 4th District Court of Appeals.
  • Interviewed law students for summer clerkship positions and supervised clerks in research and writing of appellate briefs.
  • Prepared and filed appellate briefs with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
  • Drafted appellate briefs and litigated appellate issues before panels of the Virginia Court of Appeals.
  • Researched and wrote appellate briefs to the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
  • Draft appellate briefs presenting argument and authority relative to complex criminal law issues.
  • Drafted appellate briefs filed with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
  • Researched and composed appellate briefs and petitions to the Alaska appellate courts.
  • Drafted documents including motions, petitions, and appellate briefs.
  • Authored appellate briefs to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
  • Aided in preparation for appellate briefs.
  • Researched and drafted appellate briefs.
  • Represent clients in criminal appellate matters Draft appellate briefs
  • Participated in brainstorming sessions with other attorneys.Legal WritingDrafted and filed appellate briefs and reply briefs in the Illinois Court of Appeals.
  • Reviewed court proceedings and composed appellate briefs, which were submitted to the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
  • Analyzed record for appealable issues, researched and reviewed case law, and drafted appellate briefs.
  • Drafted, filed and argued appellate briefs, writs, and hundreds of evidentiary motions.
  • Represented indigent criminal defendants Extensive jury and bench trial experience Prepared appellate briefs for litigation Managed extremely heavy case load

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15. Child Abuse

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Here's how Child Abuse is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Assist in drafting evaluation measures for the legislative mandate Alternative Response to child abuse and neglect cases for implementation in 2013.
  • Defend parents against allegations of child abuse and neglect, and termination of parental rights.
  • Manage large legal case loads and assist in criminal aspects of child abuse and neglect.
  • Represent parents, step-parents, and grandparents in child abuse and neglect proceedings.

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16. Federal Courts

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Here's how Federal Courts is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Drafted briefs and legal pleadings for all stages of appellate and post-conviction proceedings in both state and federal courts.
  • Conduct independent investigation, depositions and other discovery to prepare for hearings in state and federal courts.
  • Prepare legal briefs and opinions, and file appeals in state and federal courts of appeal.
  • Drafted and filed hundreds of legal pleadings in state and federal courts.

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17. Bond Hearings

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Here's how Bond Hearings is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Defended individuals at numerous preliminary hearings and bond hearings.
  • Conducted over two hundred bond hearings for individuals charged with crimes ranging from First Degree murder to Simple Assault.
  • Represented clients during all stages of felony criminal cases, from preliminary hearings and bond hearings through trial.
  • Attended court weekly to handle arraignments, bond hearings, motion hearings and probation revocations.
  • Litigated bond hearings, sentencing hearings, petition to revoke hearings, and negotiated pleas.
  • Conducted motions to suppress, bond hearings, preliminary hearings, and drafted legal briefs.
  • Drafted Motions to Modify Bonds Conducted Bond Hearings and Preliminary Hearings.
  • Defended hundreds of clients in probation revocations and bond hearings.

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18. Oral Arguments

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Here's how Oral Arguments is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Worked on an appeal including preparation of briefs and oral arguments before Connecticut Appellate Court and Connecticut Supreme Court.
  • Reviewed trial records and discerned what issues to challenge on appeal and presented oral arguments.
  • Prepared and presented oral arguments before the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Courts.
  • Present oral arguments in court proceedings and engage in settlement negotiations.
  • Presented motions and oral arguments.
  • Research and appellate brief writing for felony criminal appeals Presentation of oral arguments before Kansas Court of Appeals and Kansas Supreme Court
  • Conduct oral arguments during Court Trials, Jury Trials, Pre-Trial and Evidentiary hearings.

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19. DUI

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Here's how DUI is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Provided indigent criminal defense in Misdemeanor/DUI, Juvenile, and Felony divisions.
  • Tried Battery, Resisting Officer Without Violence, DUI and other cases independently, resulting in Not Guilty verdicts.
  • Achieved not guilty verdicts in DUI, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, and battery trials.
  • Represented clients charged with misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases, including DUI's.
  • Second chaired several DUI bench trials and several jury trials to verdict.
  • Experience handling misdemeanors, DUI, juvenile delinquency and all class felonies.
  • Docket partner for Drug Court and DUI Court Specialty Program.
  • Litigated DUI and other criminal defense cases.
  • Last assigned to Drug/DUI/Veteran/Mental Health Courts.
  • Conducted DUI trial to verdict.
  • Tried a DUI case to verdict.
  • Represented indigent clients in traffic offenses, DUIs, and non-felony criminal matters.

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21. Client Interviews

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Here's how Client Interviews is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Experienced in case preparation, including depositions, client interviews and investigation.
  • Trained fellow attorneys on how to conduct client interviews and negotiate pleas or set matters in for trials for that Court.
  • Managed docket, including client interviews, regular court appearances, plea bargains, negotiations, investigations and depositions.
  • Worked all aspects of cases, including client interviews, arraignments, hearings and depositions.
  • Conducted client interviews, took photographs, and prepared diagrams of crime scenes.
  • Conducted client interviews, and interviews of witnesses the day of trial.
  • Conducted client interviews, argued motions, and performed legal research.
  • Conducted client interviews, legal research, and case investigation.
  • Conduct client interviews in office and at the jails.
  • Conducted client interviews, research, and plea negotiations.
  • Conducted client interviews and depositions for felony cases.
  • Deposed witnesses and conducted client interviews.
  • Conducted depositions, client interviews, bond hearings, pre-trial motions and investigations for indigent defendants.
  • Conduct client interviews, Negotiate plea agreements with District Attorney's office.
  • Performed plea bargains, client interviews, participated in supervised pre-trial meetings.

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22. Law Enforcement

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Here's how Law Enforcement is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Cultivated and maintained excellent relationships with judges, court personnel, prosecutors and law enforcement officers.
  • Interviewed law enforcement officers and civilian witnesses.
  • Negotiated pleas on thousands of cases with Commonwealth's Attorneys, County Attorneys, law enforcement agents, and judges.
  • Developed strong communication skills through dealings with clients, victims, law enforcement representatives, judges, and juries.
  • Investigated alleged crimes by working with witnesses, law enforcement, and reviewing the relevant facts and evidence.
  • Led more than 100 depositions including alleged victims, witnesses, experts and law enforcement personnel.
  • Reviewed police reports and criminal statutes to determine whether law enforcement was in compliance with statutes.
  • Conducted over 500 depositions of experts, law enforcement, civilians, and fragile victims.
  • Handled discovery and depositions, including those of lay witnesses, experts and law enforcement.
  • Conducted depositions of law enforcement, expert, and civilian witnesses.
  • Interviewed Defendants, victims, witnesses and law enforcement.
  • Utilize law enforcement training to interview and cross examine witnesses to discredit their testimony.
  • Conduct depositions of law enforcement, lay witnesses, and victims Conduct voir dire and select juries for trials that reached verdicts..

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23. Expert Witnesses

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Here's how Expert Witnesses is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Managed expert witnesses including preparation, discovery issues and presentation at trial.
  • Collaborated with co-counsel, lay and expert witnesses, investigators, support staff, and clients to further client representation.
  • Worked with and cross-examined expert witnesses in the fields of narcotics, firearms, and DNA analysis.
  • Conducted depositions of police officers, civilian fact witnesses, and expert witnesses.
  • Deposed over 150 adverse witnesses, including approximately a dozen expert witnesses.
  • Compose and argue substantial motions and depose lay/expert witnesses.
  • Conducted direct and cross-examination of lay and expert witnesses.
  • Secure expert witnesses for consultation and testimony as needed.

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24. Evidentiary Hearings

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Here's how Evidentiary Hearings is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Conducted numerous evidentiary hearings which required substantive research, motion drafting and oral argument.
  • Conducted fourteen jury trials, over twenty adjudicatory hearings and bench trials, and numerous evidentiary hearings.
  • Represented clients in Violation of Probation court, and prevailed on numerous Evidentiary Hearings.
  • Prepare for and conduct jury trials and evidentiary hearings for clients.
  • Handled over 150 motion hearings including more than 50 evidentiary hearings.

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25. Criminal Proceedings

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Here's how Criminal Proceedings is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Represent individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses at the District Court level of criminal proceedings in Montgomery County.
  • Represented indigent defendants in felony and misdemeanor criminal proceedings before the Magistrate and Circuit Courts of Raleigh County.
  • Defended indigent defendants in misdemeanor criminal proceedings and probation review.
  • Provided holistic representation to indigent clients at all stages of criminal proceedings in State, Superior and appellate courts.
  • Represented indigent criminal defendants in Miami-Dade County at all stages of criminal proceedings from arraignment to jury trial.
  • Represented a large case load of clients in all facets of criminal proceedings.
  • Counseled clients through all stages of criminal proceedings.
  • Represent clients in criminal proceedings in Spotsylvania.
  • Represented clients at all phases of state-level criminal proceedings, including misdemeanor and felony jury trial and post-conviction proceedings.
  • Represented adult clients at all stages of criminal proceedings from pre-arrest through sentencing and post sentence matters.

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26. Domestic Violence

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Here's how Domestic Violence is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Defended misdemeanor and felony cases covering a spectrum of criminal activity from domestic violence to theft.
  • Supervised 2 assistant public defenders in Domestic Violence courtroom, supervised 4 assistant public defenders in Mental Health courtroom.
  • Manage Misdemeanor dockets, including Criminal Traffic, Misdemeanor, Violation of Probation, and Domestic Violence cases.
  • Lead attorney for Felony Domestic Violence Unit with the Honorable Geoffrey D. Cohen, Circuit Court Judge.
  • Represented clients on misdemeanor charges ranging from Domestic Violence to Driving Under the Influence and Probation Revocations.
  • Manage a full Misdemeanor docket and a half including Violation of Probation and Domestic Violence cases.
  • Picked juries in two domestic violence cases that resolved prior to start of evidence.
  • Second chair 3 cross examinations domestic violence battery trial to verdict.
  • Recorded presentation on Domestic Violence Statutes for the Real Estate Institute.
  • Specialize in domestic violence cases and Drug Treatment Court.
  • Defended those accused specifically of crimes involving domestic violence while assigned to that unit.
  • Negotiated severalplea agreements in the domestic violence courtroom.
  • Argued domestic violence bond, victim contact, and evidentiary motions and hearings.

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27. Probation Revocation Hearings

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Here's how Probation Revocation Hearings is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Represented criminal clients during probation revocation hearings; researched, prepared and argued motions.
  • Represented criminal clients during probation revocation hearings.
  • Litigated probation revocation hearings for clients previously convicted of misdemeanor and felony offenses in both the General District and Circuit Courts.

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28. Civil Litigation

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Here's how Civil Litigation is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Handled all aspects of civil litigation including motions, depositions and appeals.
  • Represented adults and juveniles in all aspects of criminal and civil litigation.

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29. Suppress Evidence

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Here's how Suppress Evidence is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Draft Motions to Suppress Evidence/Statements and other criminal defense motions.
  • Drafted and argued preliminary motions, including motions to suppress evidence, in the course of handling cases.
  • Presented two (2) Motions to Quash and Suppress Evidence, one of which was granted.
  • Conducted jury and bench trials, litigated pretrial hearings, including motions to suppress evidence.
  • Drafted and argued numerous motions to dismiss and motions to suppress evidence.
  • Drafted various legal pleadings, including Motions to Suppress Evidence, Motions to Dismiss, and Motions in Limine.

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30. Voir Dire

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Here's how Voir Dire is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Prepared voir dire, opening statements, closing arguments, cross examinations, and judgments of acquittal for trial.
  • Conducted voir dire, opening statements, direct examinations, cross-examinations and closing arguments in trial.
  • Conducted voir dire and represented clients as first-chair in jury and bench trials.
  • Conducted voir dire of expert witnesses.

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31. Criminal Charges

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Here's how Criminal Charges is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Represented persons accused of misdemeanor and felony criminal charges.
  • Represented indigent clients facing criminal charges.
  • Defended individuals accused of a wide range of criminal charges, from misdemeanor traffic violations to first-degree murder.
  • Represented clients in criminal charges spanning all levels of the State and Municipal Court Systems.
  • Advocated for clients with criminal charges in all stages of proceedings.
  • Research and analyze criminal charges and applicable law.
  • Combined analytical, investigative, organizational, negotiation, and courtroom litigation skills in order to defend clients against criminal charges.
  • Retired) Represented children with criminal charges in the Juvenile Court.

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32. Caseload

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Here's how Caseload is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Provided effective representation to clients who were frequently illiterate, uneducated and uncooperative while managing a large caseload.
  • Complete misdemeanor/felony litigation experience, including all legal research, for caseloads often exceeding 120 clients.
  • Handle misdemeanor and felony caseload, specializing in domestic violence matters.
  • Coordinated representation of voluminous caseload with other attorneys and support staff.
  • Managed intense caseload of up to 180 cases for both misdemeanor and felony cases from first court appearance until trial.
  • Manage a caseload of approximately 50 second degree, first degree, and life felony criminal cases in circuit court.
  • Work with qualified public defender clients throughout the entire legal process managing a caseload of 100 to 150 cases concurrently.
  • Litigated and defended a caseload of over 140 felony clients, including those charged with crimes punishable by life.
  • Managed an annual caseload of approximately 500 cases in Minnesota's largest and most diverse county.
  • Represent voluminous caseload of clients charged with criminal offenses of all levels, including high-level charges.
  • Managed a caseload of approximately 100 minor criminal and serious traffic cases per month.
  • Created proposal for restructuring assignment of caseload within the Public Defender's Office.
  • Managed large caseloads in juvenile, county and felony divisions.
  • Handled a felony caseload of 200 or more files.
  • Manage a large and diverse caseload involving felony offenses.
  • Managed a felony caseload of more than 650.
  • Maintained a high volume caseload.
  • Maintained and managed a caseload of 100-150 cases at a time Research and legal writing of motions and objections
  • Have handled caseloads in the Domestic Representation Unit, Juvenile Court, and County Court.
  • Managed a caseload ranging from 150 200 cases per month.

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33. Jury Instructions

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Here's how Jury Instructions is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Drafted litigation pleadings, motions, and jury instructions, and prepared clients and witnesses for trial.
  • Compiled trial notebooks, drafted jury instructions, criminal informations, and discovery requests.

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34. Staff Attorneys

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Here's how Staff Attorneys is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Assisted in training new staff attorneys and participated in weekly staff training sessions.

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35. Juvenile Division

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Here's how Juvenile Division is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Conducted dozens of depositions, represented defendants in adjudicatory hearings, and argued motions to suppress evidence in juvenile division.
  • Experienced and successful trial attorney for both Felony Domestic Violence and Juvenile divisions.
  • Served as a lead attorney in the juvenile division and helped train and supervise other attorneys.
  • Served as an Assistant Public Defender in Felony, Misdemeanor and Juvenile Divisions.
  • Assisted in all aspects of trial preparation in County and Juvenile Divisions.
  • Obtained jury and bench trial experience in misdemeanor and juvenile divisions.
  • Trained new attorneys in the Juvenile Division.
  • Represent clients in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, Juvenile Division at trial and other evidentiary hearings.

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36. Juvenile Cases

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Here's how Juvenile Cases is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Represented clients in criminal courts in felony, misdemeanor, traffic, and juvenile cases.
  • Represent adult clients in misdemeanor and felony cases; handle all juvenile cases.
  • Handled Juvenile Cases in Juvenile Court.
  • Handled all juvenile cases in Lehigh County from detention hearing through disposition of the case.

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37. Traffic Cases

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Here's how Traffic Cases is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Represented individuals in criminal and traffic cases.
  • Represented indigent defendants charged with felonies, misdemeanors and traffic cases for which a sentence of incarceration might be imposed.
  • Handle all aspects of felony and traffic cases in Tazewell County.
  • Drafted motions and other legal memoranda for traffic cases.

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38. Police Department

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39. Social Workers

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Here's how Social Workers is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Collaborate with social workers, investigators and paralegals during all aspects of representation.
  • Coordinated team of social workers and investigators in preparation of case resolution.
  • Worked with experts and social workers regarding juvenile competency.
  • Worked closely with doctors and social workers regarding clients competency to stand trial and competency to waive Miranda.
  • Coordinated services between mental health professionals, social workers and community programs to provide wrap-around services for clients.

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40. Probation Officers

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Here's how Probation Officers is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Negotiated with prosecutors and probation officers for acceptable case resolution, and participated in court proceedings and hearings as required.
  • Fostered diplomatic relationships with Judges, prosecutors and probation officers.
  • Participated in hundreds of hearings involving clients, their parents, probation officers, social workers, and expert witnesses.
  • Communicated with probation officers, prosecutors, and the Court to achieve my clients' placement in treatment programs.
  • Negotiated with prosecutors, probation officers and pled to judges.

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41. Heavy Caseload

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Here's how Heavy Caseload is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Managed heavy caseloads by multitasking and maintaining organized files.
  • Managed a heavy caseload, including traffic offenses, CDS offenses, Theft offenses, Assaults, Sex offenses.
  • Handled a heavy caseload involving misdemeanors, juvenile adjudications, probation violations, and H-I felonies.
  • Trained law clerks and new attorneys while maintaining heavy caseload and trial schedule.
  • Managed ongoing heavy caseload with daily new intakes.
  • Managed and represented a diverse and heavy caseload.

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42. Criminal Clients

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Here's how Criminal Clients is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Represent indigent criminal clients in Justice Courts from arraignment through sentence
  • Represent appointed criminal clients in felony cases.

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43. Detention Hearings

low Demand
Here's how Detention Hearings is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Participated in all phases of juvenile delinquency litigation, including detention hearings, pretrial motions, bench trials and disposition hearings.
  • Negotiated pleas, handled arraignments, detention hearings, and calendar calls.
  • Provide coverage in juvenile delinquency, status offense and detention hearings.

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44. Final Disposition

low Demand
Here's how Final Disposition is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Represented indigent clients in Criminal Law cases from First Appearances to the case's final disposition.
  • Represented criminal defendants from initial interview through the final disposition of the case.
  • Gained extensive trial preparation and had final dispositions of over 100 trials.
  • Performed all aspects of client representation beginning at firstappearance and continuing through final disposition primarily in the non-complex division.

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45. Crime Scenes

low Demand
Here's how Crime Scenes is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Interviewed clients and conduct investigations of alleged crime scenes and related matters in preparation for litigation.
  • Coordinated defense investigations including interviewing defense witnesses, visiting crime scenes, and gathering evidence.
  • Attended depositions; investigated crime scenes; interviewed clients in jail, at office, and by phone.
  • Prepare expert and civilian witnesses to testify, interview eyewitnesses and investigate crime scenes.
  • Interviewed victims and witnesses, and investigated crime scenes to prepare for trials.
  • Visited crime scenes, jails, prisons, and case related sites.
  • Investigated crime scenes in preparation for client's defense.

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46. Active Cases

low Demand
Here's how Active Cases is used in Assistant Public Defender jobs:
  • Maintained communication with over 85 clients concerning over 100 active cases.
  • Manage a case load continuously in excess of 50 active cases.
  • Managed adult caseload of 175-200 active cases.
  • Managed a caseload averaging 70 active cases.
  • Managed a caseload of 135 active cases.
  • Defended clients in Abuse/Neglect adjudications/dispositions and criminal misdemeanor trials/sentencings; handled over 80 active cases.
  • Coordinated developments for an caseload of more than 150 active cases, including juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony charges.

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20 Most Common Skill for an Assistant Public Defender

Pre-Trial Motions25%
Criminal Investigations13.6%
Trial Preparation10.1%
Misdemeanor Cases9%
Family Law7.8%
Indigent Clients6%
Legal Documents4.9%
Plea Agreements3%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For An Assistant Public Defender

RankSkillPercentage of ResumesPercentage
1
1
Pre-Trial Motions
Pre-Trial Motions
22.4%
22.4%
2
2
Criminal Investigations
Criminal Investigations
12.2%
12.2%
3
3
Trial Preparation
Trial Preparation
9%
9%
4
4
Misdemeanor Cases
Misdemeanor Cases
8.1%
8.1%
5
5
Family Law
Family Law
7%
7%
6
6
Indigent Clients
Indigent Clients
5.4%
5.4%
7
7
Legal Documents
Legal Documents
4.4%
4.4%
8
8
Plea Agreements
Plea Agreements
2.7%
2.7%
9
9
Counsel
Counsel
2.6%
2.6%
10
10
Court Hearings
Court Hearings
2.4%
2.4%
11
11
Juvenile Offenders
Juvenile Offenders
1.9%
1.9%
12
12
Mental Health Services
Mental Health Services
1.8%
1.8%
13
13
Preliminary Hearings
Preliminary Hearings
1.7%
1.7%
14
14
Appellate Briefs
Appellate Briefs
1.5%
1.5%
15
15
Child Abuse
Child Abuse
1.4%
1.4%
16
16
Federal Courts
Federal Courts
1.3%
1.3%
17
17
Bond Hearings
Bond Hearings
1.2%
1.2%
18
18
Oral Arguments
Oral Arguments
0.9%
0.9%
19
19
DUI
DUI
0.8%
0.8%
20
20
Legal Representation
Legal Representation
0.8%
0.8%
21
21
Client Interviews
Client Interviews
0.7%
0.7%
22
22
Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement
0.7%
0.7%
23
23
Expert Witnesses
Expert Witnesses
0.6%
0.6%
24
24
Evidentiary Hearings
Evidentiary Hearings
0.6%
0.6%
25
25
Criminal Proceedings
Criminal Proceedings
0.6%
0.6%
26
26
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence
0.6%
0.6%
27
27
Probation Revocation Hearings
Probation Revocation Hearings
0.6%
0.6%
28
28
Civil Litigation
Civil Litigation
0.4%
0.4%
29
29
Suppress Evidence
Suppress Evidence
0.4%
0.4%
30
30
Voir Dire
Voir Dire
0.4%
0.4%
31
31
Criminal Charges
Criminal Charges
0.4%
0.4%
32
32
Caseload
Caseload
0.4%
0.4%
33
33
Jury Instructions
Jury Instructions
0.4%
0.4%
34
34
Staff Attorneys
Staff Attorneys
0.4%
0.4%
35
35
Juvenile Division
Juvenile Division
0.4%
0.4%
36
36
Juvenile Cases
Juvenile Cases
0.3%
0.3%
37
37
Traffic Cases
Traffic Cases
0.3%
0.3%
38
38
Police Department
Police Department
0.3%
0.3%
39
39
Social Workers
Social Workers
0.3%
0.3%
40
40
Probation Officers
Probation Officers
0.3%
0.3%
41
41
Heavy Caseload
Heavy Caseload
0.3%
0.3%
42
42
Criminal Clients
Criminal Clients
0.3%
0.3%
43
43
Detention Hearings
Detention Hearings
0.3%
0.3%
44
44
Final Disposition
Final Disposition
0.2%
0.2%
45
45
Crime Scenes
Crime Scenes
0.2%
0.2%
46
46
Active Cases
Active Cases
0.2%
0.2%

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