Trial Attorney 

(Position Classification Dependent upon experience)

(This is an at-will position.  The elected District Attorney has final discretion on hiring and retaining for this position, including which qualifications and performance standards will apply.)

Salary Range:

$54,122-$67,652/ Annually

(Hiring salary depends on experience and budget availability)


Licensed attorney in New Mexico, plus a minimum of two (2) years as a practicing attorney, or one (1) year as a prosecuting attorney.


Two (2) or more years as a prosecuting attorney.               


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:               

Position requires advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of criminal prosecution; rules of evidence and rules of criminal procedure; public relations; organization; basic computer skills including working knowledge of office systems; effective trial skills; ability to draft legal documents; ability to work effectively with other criminal justice agencies; mentor and guide less experienced attorneys; ability to communicate effectively; ability to research/analyze information and situations. Works independently and makes decisions within guidelines.  Decisions made include approving/disapproving charges.  Charging decisions are made with consultation of higher level attorneys for high level and/or profile crimes.

 Job Duties: 

Incumbent handles felony cases under supervision, for example adult and juvenile burglaries, property crimes, armed robberies, drug trafficking, mental commitments, probation violations; takes rotation as on-call attorney; performs legal research for other attorneys; assists in trial teams; performs non-prosecution duties as assigned; advises/assists entry level attorneys; performs other related job duties.

Working Conditions:  

Work is performed in office, courtroom, and community environments.  Physical effort and travel may be required.  Incumbent may be required to work under stressful situations and/or conditions.

Application Deadline:             Until position is filled

 Submit Resume and               3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office

Cover Letter to:

C/O Whitney Safranek, Human Resources Administrator

845 N. Motel Blvd., Suite D

Las Cruces, NM 88007