Careers in the District Attorney's Office
The District Attorney's Office offers diverse professional and para-professional job opportunities. Specific job descriptions and active recruitments are listed under the County Job Openings, and are briefly described below.
Attorney positions range from the Deputy District Attorney I entry level through Senior Deputy District Attorney. A flexible staffing structure provides for promotion through the I, II, III, IV and Senior levels based on performance vs. reapplication at each level. Deputy District Attorneys may be assigned to handle misdemeanor, felony, juvenile, civil or environmental cases. Paralegal positions are limited to assistance identifying mandatory restitution and follow-through to ensure collection.
Criminal Investigator I & II positions are flexible classifications, while the Senior Investigators are separate positions with lead responsibility for investigative teams. The units assist prosecutors with case preparation and prosecution support. Welfare fraud Investigators are assigned to investigate cases of public assistance fraud, obtaining orders for civil restitution and referring appropriate cases for criminal prosecution. Senior Investigative Assistants help the Investigators to prepare court exhibits, locate witnesses and assist with other case preparation tasks. Both Criminal and Welfare Fraud Investigators are peace officer classifications.
Victim Witness Assistance
The District Attorney's Office has Victim Witness Assistant I & II positions (flexible classifications) that assist victims of crime by providing initial counseling and referral for services, court support and application assistance to obtain financial recovery for losses due to violent rimes. VVC Claims Technicians review the applications and determine recovery to be provided, expediting State claims payments. Legal Support staff schedule witnesses for court appearances, provide case status information and make travel arrangements for out-of-town witnesses.
Legal Secretary I & II positions (flexible classifications) prepare criminal complaints for filing, provide case preparation support to attorneys and investigators, and track case dispositions utilizing a highly automated case management system integrated into the standard Microsoft Office products to produce legal documents. Office Assistants provide additional clerical support.
A Business Manager and Administrative Services Clerk provide fiscal,
personnel, payroll and accounting support. Senior Computer Support
specialists operate and support the DA's wide area network, provide
user and application support utilizing the standard Microsoft Office
Suite and a case management system, DAMION developed and supported
by an outside vendor.
The following programs provide volunteer opportunities. Opportunities range from attorney interns to clerical aide support positions.
- Criminal Division
- Victim Witness Units
- Consumer Mediation
- Clerical Aide
Throughout the year we have college students and law students who intern or clerk in our office.
College students can obtain a first hand look at the inner workings of our office, as well as attending many different court proceedings:
Arraignment, Search and Seizure motions, Bail hearings, trials, sentencing, and probation violations, to name a few. These internships provide a good insight and preliminary knowledge regarding law as a career.
Law students can observe all of the above, plus, if the student has completed the second year of law school, he or she can be certified to appear in court and handle actual cases under the supervision of a Deputy District Attorney.
- enter client data
- track case status
- send referral and resource information to victims of crime
- assist with Victims of Crime compensation process
Consumer Mediation Representatives
Provide information and counsel consumers via telephone or in person
Mediate problems between consumers and vendors
Refer consumers to agencies that specialize in a specific consumer
law Update referral sources.
Clerical Aide Duties:
- setting up file folders
- data entry
- case status inquiries
- mail sorting and distribution
- other clerical duties as assigned
For Attorneys /Law School Students
District Attorney Office
312-D East Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Telephone: (805) 346-7540
District Attorney Office
1112 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Telephone: (805) 568-2300
For Victim Witness
Telephone: (805) 568-2408
For Consumer Mediation
Telephone: (805) 568-2303
For Investigative Interns
Telephone: (805) 560-1048
For Clerical Aides