When you’ve been wrongly accused of a criminal offense, it can feel as if the weight of the whole world is against you. The prosecutor has a very large toolbox from which to pull resources. Law enforcement, witness testimony, evidence collected by law enforcement, and the legal team backing the prosecution all work together to reach a guilty verdict. You’ll need more than just a defense attorney to win your case. A private investigator for criminal defense can be instrumental in uncovering new evidence to prove your innocence.
When is the Best Time to Hire a Private Investigator for Criminal Defense?
The short answer is immediately. A private investigator should be hired as soon as possible to help with any criminal defense. An investigator can be much more effective when a case is still fresh. Witnesses’ memories are still fresh, evidence has only recently been placed in storage, and in many cases new evidence can be found at crime scenes that was overlooked by law enforcement.
But even if a case is in the post-conviction stage, a private investigator can still help with an appeal. Just as with a pre-conviction criminal trial, a private investigator can help with in the appeals process by reviewing the entire state’s case including witness statements, law enforcement reports, and all the discovery items presented by the prosecution. The best way a private investigator can help with an appeal is to discover new evidence to show who actually committed the crime. In most cases, showing the actual guilty party is more effective than simply showing the convicted person is innocent of the crime.
Justice for Victims
Justice is supposed to be blind, and the law is supposed to show that an accused person is innocent until proven guilty. But human nature works a bit different. Many jurors, whether they admit it or not, believe a defendant to be guilty simply because they’ve been charged with a crime. The rationale is “well they must have done it, otherwise there would be no reason to charge them.”
Ask anyone who has worked in a jury pool and you’ll find that most people assume the accused to be guilty. Guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is supposed to be the standard for the state to secure a guilty verdict. Too often a wrongly accused person is forced to prove their innocence, which can be difficult considering all the resources at the state’s disposal.
Arresting criminal offenders and preventing crime are both primary goals of the criminal justice system. This is the only way to find justice for victims and their families. When an innocent person is convicted of a crime, there is no justice for the victims and certainly no justice for the wrongly convicted defendant. What’s more, the actual offender is likely out committing other crimes and creating new victims.
A private investigator is an essential component of any adequate criminal defense team. The sooner an investigator is brought in to help, the greater impact the investigator will have in building an effective criminal defense.
H7 Investigative Services conducts private investigations in Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, and throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
If you want to find out how our agency can help with your case, click through to our consultation request page or call us at (661)454-7513.