Criminal Defense Investigator
State of Montana - Bozeman, MT

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Job Listing Detail

Position Title:
Criminal Defense Investigator

  • Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.
Listing Number: 9450-1312


For more information contact:
State Agency:
Office of State Public Defender

44 W Park

Butte , MT

Phone: (406)444-9545

Fax: (406)496-6098

TTY: Montana Relay Service at 711


  • OR -
Local Montana Job Service Workforce





Job Status:
Full-Time Permanent


Date Posted:

Closing Date:

Office of State Public Defender

Bozeman Public Defender Office



State Application Required:


Salary Unit:

Additional Salary Information:
Applicant Pool: If another department
vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may
be used for the selection.

Special Information:
This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSME) Bargaining Unit. Public Defenders - Support and Investigators Travel required throughout Montana as requested.
Applicants for this position must complete an on-line State of Montana Application. Hard copy application materials will not be accepted

This position performs for detailed and specialized investigative work on behalf of indigent defendants for the Public Defender's Office. Gathers information and evidence pertaining to assigned cases which may be used in preparing a defense for the defendant; interviews defendants, law enforcement officers, medical personnel, witnesses and any and all others who may have information on the assigned case; obtains detailed information from defendants pertaining to the charges and defendant's work and financial background; photographs and/or sketches crime scenes; enters investigative information into the Public Defender's computer system and prepares reports from interviews and other investigations for use by the Public Defender's office; builds and maintains files pertaining to investigations; serves subpoenas; performs legal research and participates with assigned Deputy Public Defenders in preparing the defendant's case for trial; testifies in trial as needed; attends meetings, conferences and workshops as requested and authorized; performs related work as required.

Position requires comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of criminal investigations; comprehensive knowledge of the methods and procedures for the collection of information and evidence; thorough knowledge of the laws of the State of Montana relating to assigned duties; skill in securing information from others relating to assigned duties; ability to communicate well with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Public Defender, Deputy Public Defenders, Legal Assistants, witnesses and others who may have an impact on the defendant's case; ability to prepare accurate and reliable reports containing findings, conclusions and recommendations; ability to operate a personal computer using standard word processing, spreadsheet and database applications appropriate to assigned duties; ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written and/or oral instructions; ability to perform a wide variety of investigative and legal research tasks with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines; ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology; ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks. Must have the ability to travel.

The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired through a Bachelor's Degree in criminology, sociology or closely related field; and 1-3 years' experience in criminal investigations, preferably with a local government Public Defenders office; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Supplemental Questions:
INSTRUCTIONS: Please complete the following supplemental questions. This supplement gives you an opportunity to present more complete and specific details regarding your qualifications for this position. Your responses must be printed clearly or typed on standard paper. Each response should be clear, concise and should be limited to 300 words preferably less. Please put your name and the position for which you are applying on each sheet. Your responses will be viewed as a sample of your written communication skills. This supplement is reviewed separately from the state application. It is part of the evaluation process of applicants.

1. Please describe your prior experience in investigations including for whom
you investigated, types of cases you investigated, any whether they included
testifying in court. Describe any experience in investigating criminal cases,
youth court cases or dependent/neglect cases and describe what was actually done by
you in the investigations.

Additional Materials Required: None Required

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