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Public Defender Interviewer I English and Bilingual Spanish/English

Location: Visalia
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Public Defender Interviewer I English and Bilingual Spanish/English Salary: $34,211.00 - $41,693.00 Annually Current vacancy with the Public Defender's Office in Porterville. This recruitment will establish an employment list to fill current and future vacancies. The anticipated life of the list is six months. Bilingual Spanish/English pay is available. To qualify for Bilingual, pay a Spanish proficiency exam will be required. Applicants must be fluent in the ability to read, write and speak in the Spanish language as well as in English. Typical Duties Interview clients in person or by phone to obtain details of arrest, detention, connection with charged offenses, and other information pertinent to development of the defense case; obtain the names and addresses of witnesses and probable nature of testimony; obtain the location of relevant physical evidence; obtain the name of law enforcement agencies and officers involved with cases and information they have given to the client; detail written statements and other pertinent material about the investigation of cases; assist clients in completing waiver of rights forms; spot potential legal issues for evaluation by attorney; review financial statement for completeness and consistency; evaluate and record attitude of clients; record inconsistencies of statements; contact client to prepare files prior to court hearings.Employment Standards Education:Requires graduation from high school or equivalent to completion of twelfth grade.Experience:Requires two years of experience in public contact involving in-depth interviewing.Knowledge of:Interviewing techniques; basic math to determine eligibility for services. Skill/Ability to: Communicate with people of various educational, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds; collect information, organize material and analyze relationships among a variety of collected data; write reports, letters and memoranda in a clear, concise and grammatically correct manner; follow oral and written instructions; read and understand complex material such as laws, codes, legal documents; adjust to changes in workload, priorities and work under pressure of meeting deadlines; use patience, tact and courtesy in dealing with people under varying circumstances; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers and others; coordinate work flow with other staff.DESIREABLEQUALIFICATIONSKnowledge of:Court proceedings, elements of misdemeanor or felony offenses, legal defenses, pleading, pretrial motions, deferred entry of Judgment, drug court, priors and attacks on priors, and sentencing. Skill/Ability to: Recognize legal issues sufficient to alert attorneys for appropriate action; relate to diverse client population many of whom are charged with crimes and are incarcerated. Additional Information Conditions of Employment Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate and valid California drivers license. Candidates selected will be required to pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening. Additionally, a background investigation may also be conducted, which may include a re-investigation every 10 years for some positions. An Employment Eligibility Verification using E-Verify may be required on the first day of employment for some positions. Some job classes may also require a physical exam. College Cost Reduction Access Act This may a qualifying position for student loan forgiveness through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA). Only student loan payments made after October 1, 2007 and in a qualified repayment plan are eligible. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER recblid zdh2yw4zk1csof9uv1g8equd56y8sgSDL2017

Keywords: TULARE COUNTY HR & DEVELOPMENT, Visalia , Public Defender Interviewer I English and Bilingual Spanish/English, Other , Visalia, California

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