Criminal Defense Investigations
We’ll Help You Build the Evidence You Need for a Strong Criminal Defense Case
H7 Investigative Services conducts criminal defense investigations in Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, and the greater Los Angeles area.
You don’t have to only rely on the evidence collected by the police for your criminal defense. A private investigator can work within the law to find new evidence and witnesses to help prove your innocence. A criminal defense investigation can be what you need to get a positive outcome in your criminal case. H7 Investigative Services conducts criminal defense investigations in Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, and throughout Los Angeles county.
How Do Private Investigators Help in Criminal Investigations?
A police report must show probable cause to make an arrest, but the evidence may be very thin. Other evidence may exist that the police may not have discovered or could have completely ignored in writing their final report. A private investigator can help when:
- The law enforcement investigation doesn’t have all the information to help your defense
- Your criminal defense lawyer needs more evidence to prove your innocence
- To locate and interview new witnesses
- To gather more facts surrounding the allegations of the case
- To conduct surveillance
- To conduct record searches
- To help gather evidence of a wrongful conviction
Private investigators are also not constrained by some of the limitations placed on law enforcement. For instance, a private investigator can travel to any city to interview witnesses. Law enforcement is limited by jurisdiction, budget costs, and the ability to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement is often busy working on many other cases. With a private investigator, you are the paying client and all of the investigators effort can be focused on your case.
How Does Law Enforcement Differ from A Private Investigator?
The police gather evidence to develop probable cause to show that the person they are arresting is the person that committed the crime. The police in every city are under heavy case load and they want to makes arrests as quickly as possible and be ready for the next case. They don’t go out of their way to show a suspect is innocent of a crime, even if facts may exist to point to another person. Literally everything you say in their presence will be recorded and if possible used in court.
A private investigator working with a criminal defense lawyer can re-examine the facts of a case and look for anything the police may have overlooked. Are there inconsistencies in the police report? Do other witnesses exist who saw something different than what was reported? Did the police follow proper protocol when making the arrest or seizing evidence? Is there more evidence to show someone else committed the crime?
A private investigator doesn’t have the same pressures and deadlines as the police, and he or she looks to establish the client’s innocence rather than show who is guilty.