Public Defender Investigator
Salary: $25.60-$31.25 hourly / $4,452-$5,435 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general direction, performs investigations of
felony and misdemeanor charges filed against individuals being
represented by the Public Defender's Office; and performs related
work as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the journey-level class in
the series in which incumbents conduct a full range of criminal and
civil investigations for the Public Defender's Office; it is
distinguished from the Public Defender's Investigator II class by
the latter's supervisory responsibility.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Conducts investigations to support the legal
defense of a variety of civil and criminal cases; interviews
clients, suspects, relatives and others to obtain statements,
documents and related factual evidence; visits scenes of crimes to
evaluate physical and environmental factors related to case
investigations; prepares diagrams, charts, and drawings and takes
photographs of crime scenes; locates and interviews witnesses and
analyzes their statements; presents findings and evaluations to the
Public Defender or his deputies; may appear in court; prepares
reports and correspondence; serves subpoenas.
1. Two years experience conducting legal or criminal investigation
or a closely related field, preferably involving court action; or,
2. equivalent combination of training, education and experience that
would provide the required knowledge and abilities.
Possession of a valid California Driver License.
Knowledge of: the techniques and practices of criminal
investigations; pertinent sections of California criminal law such
as the rules of evidence, and the admissibility of confessions and
statements of witnesses; the functions and extent of authority of
the Public Defender's Office; use of the English language.
Ability to: gather, organize, analyze and evaluate facts and
evidence and draw sound conclusions objectively; prepare accurate
reports; conduct investigations; communicate verbally and in