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Snohomish County Public Defender Association


Investigation · Everett, Washington
Department Investigation
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level


Investigator – Level I


Assistant Director 









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 attorney 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.


·         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 Rules of Professional Conduct and adhere to Association policies and procedures.

·         Attend office meetings.




  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent criminal justice or investigative experience.

  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and effectively implement a plan for investigating assigned cases.

  • Strong computer skills including e-mail, word processing and on-line research.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a variety of people throughout the investigative process.

  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing and produce clear, concise written reports for legal documentation and able to testify in court in a direct, clear and concise manner.

  • Able to work independently and meet deadlines.

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

  • Ability to converse in another language not required but enhances ability to perform duties.

  • Able to work a flexible schedule as may be required by cases including nights and weekends.

  • Travel may be required.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered during performance of duties.

  • Working vehicle, valid Washington state drivers license and insurance required.




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.


  • Frequent standing, walking and sitting.

  • Occasional bending, stooping or lifting to access files may be required.

  • A physical hazard may occur from hostile general public with threats either verbal, physical or with weapons and exposure to germs from dealing with the public and document handling.

  • Must be able to work at computer or desk area for extended periods of time.

  • Others hazards are those present in a typical office or courtroom environment.

  • Frequent work of a physically demanding nature including but not limited to, lifting boxes and case materials, sitting for extended periods of time for surveillance, walking long distances to reach crime scenes, climbing, crouching or crawling in difficult areas.

  • Frequent use of visual abilities seeing short and long distance and color and

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  • Location
    Everett, Washington
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