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Criminal Defense Investigator (Queens) at The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society


Mid Level

Kew Gardens, Queens, NY, USA

$42.000 - $53.000

15 Oct → 14 Nov


Job Description

The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Practice has an opening for an investigator in our Queens Trial Office. This investigator is to work closely with staff attorneys, paralegals, social workers, administrative support staff, supervising attorneys, and other investigators under the direction of the Attorney-in-Charge. The expansive reach of The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Practice runs from its dynamic advocacy of clients in court to its presence and partnership in communities. As the primary public defender in New York City, staff zealously and tirelessly work to protect the rights of the most marginalized and disenfranchised in society. This dynamic investigative position will have you stepping in and assisting our investigators and attorneys, in varying complexes, in pursuit of due process for our clients. The cases will run the gamut from misdemeanors, domestic violence, burglaries, robberies, assaults, and even attempted murders or manslaughters. This position requires considerable initiative, resourcefulness, creativity and drive.

The leadership of The Legal Aid Society believes in attracting and retaining exceptional talent committed to serving our clients. We offer a generous benefits package including health insurance, paid vacation, disability and life insurance, and more. Salaries for our unionized jobs are governed by our Collective Bargaining Agreement. Please visit our Careers page for additional information. Salary and benefits information will be available to applicants, when and if, an offer is made.

The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.

All applications must be completed online. We do not accept paper submissions. Please visit our Careers Page to review all current job postings, and instructions on the application process. For technical difficulties or questions regarding this posting, please email

As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer, The Legal Aid Society prohibits discriminatory employment actions against and treatment of its employees and applicants for employment based on actual or perceived race or color, size (including bone structure, body size, height, shape, and weight), religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity (one's internal deeply-held sense of one's gender which may be the same or different from one's sex assigned at birth; one's gender identity may be male, female, neither or both, e.g., non-binary), gender expression (the representation of gender as expressed through, for example, one's name, choice of pronouns, clothing, haircut, behavior, voice, or body characteristics; gender expression may not be distinctively male or female and may not conform to traditional gender-based stereotypes assigned to specific gender identities), disability, marital status, relationship and family structure (including domestic partnerships, polyamorous families and individuals, chosen family, platonic co-parents, and multigenerational families), genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record, credit history, unemployment status, caregiver status, salary history, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Responsibilities

  • Locate and interview complainants, witnesses, defendants, and other relevant parties
  • Investigate crime scenes and other relevant locations
  • Document scenes (photographs, video, diagrams, measurements, etc.)
  • Create crime scene sketches/diagrams/maps
  • Prepare written summaries of investigation results via our case management system
  • Conduct background checks, internet and social media investigations/research
  • Use databases in order to retrieve relevant case information (e.g., CLEAR, DMV, ACRIS, etc.)
  • Testify in court
  • Transport defense players to crime scenes and relevant locations
  • Witness lineups and other police procedures (e.g., Ballistics test, examination of evidence at DA's offices, vehicular inspection at NYPD Auto Yards, etc.)
  • Discover and manage physical and digital evidence (e.g., cellphones, surveillance video, social media, etc.)
  • Locate and extract surveillance footage from varying locations and buildings
  • Communicate with other city agencies as necessary
  • Provide accurate, detailed reports on investigations; as well as maintaining other necessary documents (e.g., chain of custody, witness statements, investigation summaries etc.)
  • Travel within borough as well as out-of-borough as needed
  • Communicate with client and client's family and friends, as needed
  • Communicate with other members of staff/team to effectively analyze and discuss cases
  • Review detailed and voluminous discovery
  • Locate clients by phone, correspondence or in- person as needed , interview.
  • Serve subpoenas, motions and other legal documents as needed
  • Perform field work during office hours as well as during irregular hours as directed
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or in a related field or demonstrated work experience

  • At least 1-3 years of prior experience conducting investigations on criminal cases preferred;

  • Commitment to obtaining justice for indigent persons and zealous defense representation preferred

  • Additional training/certifications relating to criminal investigations preferred

  • Ability to analyze and evaluate facts, as well as integrity and discretion.

  • Good listening and questioning skills

  • Familiarity with MS Office and social media platforms

  • Excellent written skills

  • Skillful interpersonal interactions

  • Requires field work during office hours as well as at irregular hours

  • Ability to travel 95% of time

  • Familiarity with borough neighborhoods

  • Required to take and pass the Fire Safety Director exam to obtain certification

  • Spanish language fluency strongly preferred

  • Licensed Process Server preferred

  • Notary License preferred

  • A valid New York State driver's license as well as everyday access to an automobile with appropriate motor vehicle insurance for use in investigations is required.

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