Private investigators are commonly associated with cases such as insurance fraud, infidelity and child custody, missing persons, and various types of background checks. While these are all very important functions for private investigators, criminal defense investigations is an area in which a private investigator can prove to be an invaluable asset. Using a private investigator for a criminal case can not only lead to freeing an innocent person, but in many cases can also play a crucial role in leading law enforcement to the actual criminal offender.
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Using a Private Investigator for a Criminal Case
Any successful defense attorney will tell you that using a private investigator for a criminal case is one of the most important ways to build an effective defense. Private investigators who focus on criminal defense are well versed in criminal law. They can properly interpret police reports, civil rights issues, and rules of evidence to get a clear understanding of the case and develop proper investigative strategies. A private investigator can also revisit the crime scene and attempt to recreate what was reported by law enforcement. Witnesses can also be re-interviewed to check for inconsistencies and to identify any witnesses who were not previously identified.
An Asset to Defense Attorneys
Using a private investigator for a criminal case might not always be necessary for minor offenses, but for major crimes a PI can be an invaluable asset for a defense attorney. Just like the prosecution has law enforcement investigators to build a case for a guilty verdict, the defense can use private investigators to gather the facts to prove their client is not guilty. A private investigator can review the prosecution’s case for any inconsistencies, re-interview witnesses, and uncover new facts and witnesses to assist the defense. Considering that private investigators charge much lower hourly rates than attorneys, using a private investigator for a criminal case is much more cost effective to the client than paying an attorney to do all the field work. The private investigator can do all the grunt work of gathering facts and data while the attorney can focus organizing the information into a proper defense.
Can Overcome Biases of Law Enforcement Investigators
Every law enforcement officer is a human being first. Like any person, law enforcement can sometimes allow personal biases to cloud their own judgement. With the aim of identifying suspects and getting cases prosecuted, they can sometimes interpret the facts to show their theory of the crime to be what actually occurred. This can result in a person being charged with a crime more serious than what was committed, or worse, a completely innocent person can be charged and convicted of a crime they did not commit. Using a private investigator for a criminal case can help to cut through the intentional or unintentional biases of law enforcement, providing a fresh perspective on information collected to create the state’s criminal case.
Can Assist with Cold Cases
In general, law enforcement has an endless stream of incoming criminal cases, from minor misdemeanors to capital murders. When a criminal suspect is not quickly identified, cases can often go unsolved as law enforcement investigators have seemingly exhausted their leads and must focus their attention on new cases. A private investigator can devote more time and focus on a case that has seemingly gone cold or can no longer receive the full focus of law enforcement. Not only can private investigators dedicate their full focus on a single case, but they also have the advantage of not being limited by jurisdictional boundaries. Many private investigators are also former law enforcement, with contacts in the LE world and knowledge of LE techniques and practices.
H7 Investigative Services conducts private investigations in Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, and throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
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