County of York
Published
November 18, 2021
Location
York, Pennsylvania
Contact Name
Luana Taylor

Description

Position Summary

 

Conduct all of the investigations in the Public Defender’s Office.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Conduct investigation for the attorney’s with both Adult and Juvenile investigations.
  • Thorough review is made of all materials furnished by the Commonwealth, including evidence.
  • Thorough review made of all supplied material.
  • Case conference held with Defense Attorney at which time the scope of the investigation is determined.
  • Client interviews locate and interview witness(s), crime scene examination (photograph and measurements). Interviews conducted to locate witness(s) who did not give information to the Commonwealth. A Written investigative analysis is furnished to the Attorney. After review, a conference is held with the Defense Attorney at which a defense strategy is developed.
  • During the review, process of the case and witness interviews experience is used to determine credibility and truthfulness.
  • Assist in the corroboration information given by commonwealth witness(s) during the trial process; testify at trials and assist the Attorneys as needed.
  • Maintain good relationships with all police departments, all other agencies, and all others you have contacted. A liaison between police and other agencies.
  • Make arrangements with police departments and forensic laboratories for defense examinations of evidence; transport evidence to and from the laboratory maintains a chain of custody for the evidence.
  • Transport witness(s) to and from court; travel to other institutions to conduct interviews.
  • Analyze evidence.
  • Assists in the development of an expert witness date base and on a continuing basis confer with experts to further the database.
  • Keep abreast of changes in the crimes code, vehicle code, and rules of criminal procedure.
  • Review arrest procedures to assure it were done in a lawful manner.
  • Review analysis of polygraph examinations and explain results maintain case management.
  • Maintain case management.
  • Subpoena service.
  • Any other request made by the attorney pertaining to their case(s).

 

Essential Requirements

 

  • Knowledge of investigator/investigative techniques and relevant laws.
  • Knowledge of geography, topography of York County and adjacent areas. Knowledge of policies and procedures of the Public Defender’s Office.
  • Knowledge of York County Rules of Court and Rules of evidence.
  • Skill in finding and/or investigating errant persons.
  • Skill in interviewing persons of diverse culture and educational attainment.
  • Skill in instructing persons of diverse culture and educational attainment in the sediments of courtroom testimony and protocol.
  • Ability to understand and carry out complex instructions, written and oral.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, orally, and in writing.
  • Ability to work time bounds, under duress and in occasional physical danger.
  • Ability to establish effective work relationships with supervisors, peers, law enforcement officers, attorneys, other professionals, and the general public.
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