Investigative Assistant

The District Attorney of Solano County invites you to apply for the position of Investigative Assistant. The role involves office and limited field work in support of Investigators handling civil or criminal cases and assisting in trial activities. This role is distinguished from other investigative classes by its limited scope and variety of responsibilities. The Investigative Assistant incumbents may be assigned to support prosecution or defense efforts ranging from misdemeanor to major felony cases or to administrative hearings.

POSITION Salary:

$63,578.04 to $77,279.52

Essential Duties:

This class specification represents the core area of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the department. Duties may include but are not limited to the following: Gathers information needed by investigators, attorneys and others in support of a legal case; reviews and researches a variety of written documents, records and other pertinent data related to a criminal and civil investigation; reviews police reports and other case information; researches information needed by investigators, attorneys and others in prosecution of a legal case; reviews and records any information related to a case under investigation; reviews business advertisements to determine violations of law; reviews CLETS records, Internet sites and locate/asset software in support of investigations; prepares routine written and statistical reports. Serves subpoenas and delivers legal documents; transports and/or escorts others connected with cases into the office for interviews or to court; transports physical evidence for analysis and/or to court; may assist in court coordination duties. Prepares charts and diagrams to graphically depict information for court presentation; collects and organizes information and documents for inclusion in case files and books for trial; testifies in court as necessary. Assists investigators and attorneys in a variety of other case development and administrative hearing and trial preparation activities; maintains work production and travel records. May be assigned higher level tasks or broader responsibility on a training basis, additional administrative tasks or responsibility for coordinating/monitoring special programs (e.g., volunteer services, public information) related to specific areas of assignment.

JOB RELATED AND ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

Public contact and public relations techniques; data gathering, compilation and display techniques. Civil and criminal justice system including the specialized area of initial assignment (e.g., consumer or welfare fraud, criminal prosecution). Investigative procedures and techniques; functions and authority of office/department to which assigned.

Skill to:

Operate office equipment including a personal computer, copy and fax machines and
printers.
Drive a motor vehicle.

Ability to:

Research, compile, report and/or display information in support of an administrative,

criminal and/or civil case.

Serve subpoenas; deliver documents in a timely efficient manner; schedule delivery

routes. 

Learn and apply basic legal principles and procedures.

Organize information, reports, and documents; document findings and observations.

Learn and apply investigative principles and techniques.

Assist in the preparation and service of search warrants; assist in the preparation of

arrest warrants.

Make arithmetic calculations.

Search for and obtain copies of public records.

Learn and apply knowledge of California court and corrections systems.

Testify in court.

Take photographs; assist in surveillance and undercover assignments.

Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective

working relationships with people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with

those contacted in the course of work.

Explain procedural information.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION/TRAINING:

Experience:

Six months experience assisting in investigations or serving as a dispatcher in a

private or public agency or the completion of an internship in a Sheriffs, Police,

District Attorney’s, Public Defender’s or Marshal’s Office.

Education/Training:

Thirty (30) semester units of academic course work in Criminal Justice or related

field can be substituted for the requisite experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Class C driver’s license is required.

Incumbents assigned to the District Attorney’s Office will be required to undergo an

extensive personal background investigation because incumbents assigned to this department are required to deal with sensitive/restricted material from the Federal,

State and local departments of justice.

ADA COMPLIANCE:

Physical Ability:

Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to

light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects

and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of

time at a keyboard or workstation.

Sensory Requirements:

Requires the ability to recognize and identify similarities and

differences between shade, degree or value of colors, shapes, sounds, forms, textures

or physical appearance associated with job-related objects, materials, tasks or people.

Environmental Factors:

Requires the ability to work under conditions where exposureto environmental factors poses a risk of minor injury or illness.

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