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The King County Department of Public Defense -- the largest public defense agency in the Northwest -- provides robust legal representation to indigent clients in felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile defense, family defense, involuntary commitment, sex offender commitment, and inquests. Public defense investigators are key members of our defense teams. They assist attorneys in developing defense strategies by providing excellent trial-related investigative work; analyze cases; examine discovery materials; conduct crime scene analyses; identify and interview potential witnesses, and more—all with an eye towards supporting the best possible legal outcome for clients.

For more information about this excellent opportunity or to apply, visit the King County careers website
Position: Investigator
Organization: King County Department of Public Defense
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: $78,748 - $99,819 + excellent benefits
Posting Start Date: 10/9/2022
Date Posted: 9/16/2022
  • Assist attorneys in analyzing cases from a defense perspective. This may include examination of discovery materials or other information to determine areas in which more factual information is needed.
  • Conduct crime scene analysis and examination of other physical locations or objects to identify evidence that will assist in preparing the defense. This may include taking photographs and preparing diagrams, maps, charts, and scale drawings to be exhibited in court.
  • Communicate findings to attorneys.
  • Identify and locate known or potential witnesses; assist attorneys in identifying appropriate expert witnesses.
  • Conduct in-depth, often in-person, interviews with victims, witnesses, police personnel, medical personnel, clients, and others; develop and prioritize questions in order to obtain necessary information related to the case.
  • Prepare comprehensive written summaries of interviews and other investigative findings, document contacts.
  • Obtain and review reports, records, and other information. Identify and obtain potentially useful information through Public Records Act requests. This may include, but is not limited to, address verification, education and employment records, military records, medical records, and private records.
  • Identify and capture digital and social media information, including but not limited to web search histories, messaging and email history, profile information, industry records, government agency records, and criminal records of state and defense witnesses.
  • Prepare, process, and serve subpoenas on individuals and organizations.
  • Organize investigative case files; maintain and update time logs and calendar of due dates and court dates; confer with attorneys regarding investigation status.
  • Provide trial assistance by communicating trial schedule to witnesses, responding to last-minute investigation requests and testifying as necessary.
  • Maintain current knowledge of related issues/standards in the legal environment.
  • Attend and participate in unit and agency training and meetings as appropriate.
  • Provide in-court testimony as deemed necessary by the assigned attorney to advance the defense case theory or discredit a witness.
Status: This listing expires on: 12/15/2022
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King County Department of Public Defense
710 2nd Ave
Suite 200
Seattle,  WA 98104
United States
Falisha Forgash