DIA President Announcement

DIA Members,

First and foremost, I hope you are all okay during these difficult times.  The DIA Board is well aware of the air of uncertainty in our current times in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.  We also realize that defense investigators are on the front lines of the fight for justice and that our jobs are not merely put on hold despite everything going on.  As a Board we wish to assure all of our members that we are monitoring this situation closely, we will pass on pertinent information as it becomes known to us, and we will disseminate information as others pass it on to us.

All DIA functions are on hold at this time including membership recruitment notices, our Annual Seminar, DITA Courses as well as One Day Training Sessions.  We will be rescheduling all events once the outbreak is contained and we are certain it is safe to proceed.  This will likely mean that our events will occur later in the year than usual, however, when it is safe to proceed, we will proceed full steam ahead.  We will keep you, our members, posted as we learn more.  Right now, we feel the best course of action is to wait and see how this develops.

In the meantime, we do not want to sit on our hands.  We understand that that events arising from this outbreak have potential to have profound effects on our members.  We currently have a network of over 300 members.  Each of these 300 members has their own network of contacts outside the Association.  These networks can be of great assistance to people who are in need.  If any DIA Member finds they are in a situation where they need assistance, please contact us.  We can share the information with our Member network who can then share it with their networks.  With these resources, we can most assuredly help you find the assistance you may need. 

Please make use of this network and contact us at diaexecutivesecretary@gmail.com  or ditastaff@gmail.com  and we will disseminate the info to our network in the hopes we can help find a solution to your situation.  These email addresses are monitored regularly and an answer can be expected in less than 24 hours. 

Again, our Board as well as other association members care very deeply about our members and others in the Criminal Defense Investigation field.  We are here to help as much as possible.

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.  Respectfully submitted on behalf of your DIA President and all the entire board,  


Elizabeth Aguilar

DIA President 

Santa Joaquin Chief Investigator Position

San Joaquin County is seeking a part-time Chief Public Defender Investigator for an appointment not expected to exceed six months. 

San Joaquin County Public Defender is searching for an experienced, public agency law enforcement criminal investigator who possesses the leadership, initiative, adaptability and flexibility to assume management and supervision of a unit of investigators for a period of limited duration,
expected to not exceed 6 months.

The Chief Public Defender Investigator plans, coordinates and supervises the investigative
functions of the Public Defender’s Office. Direction is received from the Public Defender and Assistant Public Defender.


Sonoma County Investigator Position

In Sonoma County, there’s always a place at our table. A place to connect with the land. And also with each other. All just 45 minutes north of San Francisco. Discover one of California’s top food and wine destinations, home to more than 425 wineries ranging from rustic to regal. Hike among towering redwoods, cruise along the rugged Pacific coastline and get to know inviting towns. Or, just sit back and take it all in. Because here, you’re free to go your own way. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Life opens up in Sonoma County. See Sonoma’s Calendar of Events


DITA I - Los Angeles County


DITA has been POSTPONED due to COVID-19 concerns

The next DITA module will be in Monterey Park/Rosemead, the week of March 23-27. This course covers core skills for investigators of all levels of experience.  This module also offers practical experience beyond the classroom setting with mock interviewing, report writing review, and mock testimony.

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!

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.

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DIA’s official newsletter.

DIA Single Day Seminars!

All DIA members can participate for FREE!

Social Media Seminars were a hit in 2019.  Keep an eye out for our 1-Day Seminars in 2020 with special speakers from the DMV.  You may have access, but there is a wealth of information and it’s important to know how to decipher it.

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

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.

Santa Barbara County Opportunity

CLOSED – 2 Full-Time Positions.

Santa Barbara County is located in Southern California neighboring Ventura County and only about an hour north of Los Angeles County.  Mainstays of the county’s economy include engineering, resource extraction, winemaking, agriculture, and education. The software development and tourism industries are important employers in the southern part of the county.

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.

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.

Ventura County Investigative Assistant Position

Applictaion Deadline Expired

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.

DIA 2019-2021 Exective Board

Get to know your DIA representatives:
DIA President Elizabeth Aguilar, L.A. County
DIA Vice President Ron Weber, Tulare County
DIA Secretary/Treasurer Marisa Berg, San Bernardino County

As well as our Regional Boards

Northern Board: Suzanne La Mar-Schaeck, Daniel Malasavanh, Jeremy Maurer, Jerry Maya (past president), Nigel Phillips, & Danielle Thompson 
Southern Board: Pascual Benitez, Erick Castellanos, Randy Later, Leticia Macias, Krysta Rogala, & Erika Thompson
If you’re interested in assisting your DIA Board, or have any suggestions, you can contact us at diaexecutivesecretary@gmail.com

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