Lake County State's Attorneys Office


Eric Rinehart

Title: Assistant State’s Attorney, Traffic/Misdemeanor


The Criminal Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office is seeking an entry level attorney in our Misdemeanor/Traffic Division. NOTE: Recent graduate awaiting bar results who has a current 711 license will be considered. Applicants should be eager to litigate in a high volume courtroom. The position involves managing a misdemeanor and traffic caseload, negotiating cases, motion practice and trials. Prior experience is not necessary.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Include the following: • Conducts traffic and misdemeanor bench and jury trials. • Runs traffic court calls at one of our off-site branch courts. • Organizes and prepares traffic and misdemeanor status and trial calls. • Exercises independent discretion in charging misdemeanor cases. • Evaluates and negotiates traffic and misdemeanor cases. • Interacts effectively with law enforcement agencies, colleagues and Judges. QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must, at a minimum, meet the following qualifications: • Must be a licensed attorney in Illinois or awaiting bar results with an active 711 license. • Good knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure, and rules of evidence. • Ability to analyze facts, exercise sound judgment, and determine appropriate case resolutions. • Willingness to litigate in a courtroom and constantly improve trial skills. • Ability and willingness to learn and utilize technology including, but not limited to, basic computer knowledge, courtroom technology, and courtroom presentations. COMPETENCY To perform the job successfully, an individual must demonstrate the following competencies. • Candidates must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and be able to practice strategic thinking. • Organization, attention to detail, and sound judgment are required. • Candidates must take initiative and be adaptable to changes in the work environment. • Dependability and punctuality are imperative for success in this role. EDUCATION and/or Other Requirements • Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree program. • Licensed Attorney in the State of Illinois or a new graduate awaiting bar results with an active 711 license. • Valid Driver’s License. NOTE Reasonable accommodations may be made in order to perform the essential functions. This job description describes a general category of jobs. In order to meet the needs of Lake County Government or its departments, employees may be assigned other duties, in addition to or in lieu of those described above, and any duties are subject to change at any time. TO APPLY:

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