POSITION: Investigator Level I
SUPERVISOR: Assistant Director
FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
Under attorney direction the Level I Investigator shall organize and conduct investigations as necessary to assist the assigned case attorney in conducting the zealous defense of indigent clients of the Snohomish County Public Defender Association.
· Interview state and defense witnesses which may include law enforcement, complainants and general witnesses to gather information on events surrounding cases.
· Visit crime scenes to gather information including taking photos, measurements, videos or other information as necessary.
· Communicates regularly with attorney(s) designated to assigned cases.
· Review and becomes familiar with evidence submitted on cases.
· Pull civil and criminal records for all parties involved which may include client, complaining witnesses, law enforcement or other witnesses.
· Type reports of contacts and findings including statements, scene description, and analysis of physical evidence.
· Updates contact information for involved persons i.e. skip trace parties who may have disappeared.
· Coordinate with attorneys to assist in trial preparation as needed.
· Duties may include door knocking or other such activities to find other potential witnesses.
· Review other records – medical, school or other for any involved parties.
· Serve subpoenas for witnesses and records.
· Order 911 tapes and CAD reports
· Testify in court.
· Visit jail.
· Request interpreter as needed to conduct witness interview
· Other duties as assigned.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
· Maintain knowledge of current investigative practices and procedures.
· Interact with all participants of the criminal justice system in a way that promotes respect, including difficult persons affected by mental health, substance abuse, or other personality disorders.
· Communicate and dress in a professional manner.
· Comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct and adhere to Association policies and procedures.
· Attend office meetings.
Work is performed in office settings or in the field. Public defense by its very nature is very demanding and stressful. However, staff members are professionals and strive to maintain close mutual support.