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Criminal Defense Investigator (Queens) at The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society
Kew Gardens, Queens, NY, USA
$42.000 - $53.000
15 Oct → 14 Nov
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.
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- 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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