Ventura County Investigative Assistant Position

Applictaion Deadline 11/20/19!

Under supervision individuals in this position perform limited to moderately complex general office and field duties in support of the investigation of criminal and conservatorship cases,  assist in trial activities, and perform duties as assigned.

The Investigative Assistant classifications are distinguished from the Public Defender Investigator classification series in the scope and depth of assignments and responsibilities.

Ventura County is in southern California, just west and north of Los Angeles. It’s largest city is Oxnard and it a strong agrocultural economy.

Tulare County Investigator Positions


The Tulare County Public Defender provides quality legal assistance to individuals charged with a crime in state court who are financially unable to retain private counsel.  This office proudly reflects the diversity and high level of commitment necessary to their mission.

Centrally located within California, this county has a growing population. The County includes mountain peaks of the Sierra Nevada range, Sequoia National Park, and several wilderness areas. It has also become the top producer of agricultural commodities in the US.  Opportunities for all-season outdoor recreation include: hiking, water and snow skiing, fishing, and boating.




DITA IV - San Diego


Held Oct. 7-11, this course sucessfully taught students about the nuance of crime scene investigation, firearms, sexual assault, toxicology, cell phones forensics and so much more.

Each DITA module is an intensive workshop where students spend 5 days for a total of 30 hours of required class participation. DITA modules may be taken in any order. Classes may not be audited. 

Classes are taught by subject matter experts, criminal defense attorneys, and investigators.  Upon satisfactory completion of the four modules, the student earns the Certificate in Criminal Defense Investigations.  DITA graduates are welcome to attend specific dates and pay à la carte rates.


Keep an eye out for ADVANCED DITA, details coming soon!

Police Misconduct Information

State Supreme Court rules that law enforcement agencies can share misconduct information about officers with prosecutors, making such info available to defense as Brady materials, supplementing SB 1421. Pitchess still applies.

Stanislaus County Investigator Job


Stanislaus County is located in Central California within 90 minutes of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Silicon Valley, Sacramento, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and California’s Central Coast. The County is home to a vibrant arts community with the world-class Gallo Center for the Arts

DIA Log - Preview

DIA’s official newsletter.

Federal Defender, Fresno Area Investigator Positions

The Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California seeks applications for an Investigator in its Fresno Office to start October 1, 2019 at the earliest.

The Office of the Federal Defender operates under the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, zealously representing indigent persons in federal criminal cases and related court matters.

Social Media Complanies Ordered to Provide Private Posts

In an unprecidented move, Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter have been ordered to provide private posts in a San Francisco gang related murder trial.

DIA Single Day Seminars!

All DIA members can participate for FREE!

Social Media Seminars were a hit.  Keep an eye out for our next 1-day Seminars with special speakers from the DMV.

Not a member? Well then, you’re out of luck… that is unless you join as an active or associate member.

Membership link

Orange County Jail Snitch Scandal

In 2015, California State Attorney General’s office opened an investigation into both Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office.  The U.S. Department of Justice followed suit the next year. Orange County prosecutors were kicked off Dekraai’s cases and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit accusing authorities of having deployed “professional” informants for decades.

DIA 2019-2021 Exective Board

The Defense Investigators Association has elected executive board and officer positions.  Congratulations to:
DIA President Elizabeth Aguilar, LA County
DIA Vice President Ron Weber, Tulare County
DIA Secretary/Treasurer Marisa Berg, San Bernardino County

As well as our Regional Boards

Northern Board: Daniel Malasavanh, Jeremy Maurer, Jerry Maya (past president), Michael Noffsinger, Nigel Phillips, & Danielle Thompson 
Southern Board: Pascual Benitez, Eric Castellanos, Randy Later, Leticia Macias, Tony Perez, & Erika Thompson

If you’re interested in assisting your DIA Board, or have any suggestions, you can contact us at


Defense Investigators Association

PO Box 124961 
San Diego, CA 92112

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