Assistant Attorney General - Criminal Division

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in South Paris, Maine, United States

Job Description

Assistant Attorney General – Criminal Division

South Paris, ME | Legal | Full-time Apply by: June 28, 2024 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Assistant Attorney General

Criminal Division

Opening Date: June 6, 2023

Closing Date: Until Filled

Job Class Code: 0186

Grade: 1

Salary: $65,790.40 – $127,400.00 (Salary competitive and based upon qualifications)*

*Pursuant to 5 MRS § 196 the salary for this position has been set by the Office of the Attorney General

Position #006000423

Job Description:

The Office of the Attorney General has an opening for an Assistant Attorney General within the Criminal Division. The position will primarily be located in South Paris, with additional responsibility for a caseload in Farmington, covering both Oxford and Franklin Counties. This AAG position is a member of the Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, responsible for managing and prosecuting a high-volume caseload of drug-related offenses in Oxford and Franklin Counties. The management of this caseload involves providing proactive direction/oversight to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA), Maine State Police, as well as county and municipal law enforcement agencies within the jurisdiction that are engaged in the investigation of drug-related offenses. This includes the need to provide legal advice on 4th, 5th and 6th Amendment issues; review and/or draft affidavits in support of arrest and search warrants; issue subpoenas or other court processes to further criminal investigations; participate in proffer interviews of confidential informants and/or cooperating defendants; assist law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of overdose death cases; draft appellate briefs and conduct oral argument before the Law Court; and manage a trial schedule that requires pre-trial motions, trials and post-judgment motions. Three years of criminal law experience required.

Office of the Attorney General, State of Maine (

Minimum Qualifications:

This is not an entry level position. Applicants must be members of the Maine Bar in good standing, have a demonstrated ability to function effectively as part of a team, work with complex criminal investigations, have a willingness to engage in frequent litigation, and have strong legal advocacy, research, and writing skills. High ethical standards; sound judgment; strong communication, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills are essential. Criminal law experience preferred.

Application Instructions

If you are interested in applying for, prepare a cover letter highlighting your experience and qualifications that make you a strong candidate for the position.

Include a resume, writing sample, three references (to include one work-related reference), a copy of your bar card from the Maine Board of Overseers showing Active Status, and complete the online application.

The Office is not responsible for late receipt of applications due to mail service, faxing malfunctions or electronic transmission malfunctions.

Any job offer to a new hire is conditional upon verification of credentials, criminal record, and driver’s license check, and professional license requirements if applicable.

Please direct all questions to Assistant Attorney General John Risler via email ( or by calling 626-8559.


Maine state employees embody our state motto – “Dirigo” or “I lead” – as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce’s health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

+ Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service. Overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.

+ Health Insurance Coverage- The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.

+ Health Insurance Premium Credit- Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.

+ Dental Insurance- The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).

+ Retirement Plan- The State of Maine contributes 13.16% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.

+ Gym Membership Reimbursement- Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.

+ Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts- Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.

+ Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness- The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.

+ Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.

+ Parental leave- One of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child-including fathers and adoptive parents-receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additionally, unpaid leave may also be available under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

+ Voluntary Deferred Compensation- Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.

+ Learn aboutadditional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.

Maine State Government and the Office of the Attorney General are Equal Opportunity employers. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Job Posting: JC241665508

Posted On: Jun 08, 2023

Updated On: Aug 23, 2023

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