In this article you will understand how important is an investigator in your case


Every defendant deserves a fair trial and an investigator are really important in a successful criminal defense work. Investigators are independent professionals who are responsible for gather information and evidence about cases. Together with public defenders and private defense attorneys a professional defense investigator is a valuable asset to re-investigating the case to insure that the case is being investigated legally by law enforcement.

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Investigators are sometimes former members of law enforcement and sometimes people with legal training. Or they may come from an entirely different background. They’re charged with many tasks, including public (and sometimes private) record searches, locating and interviewing witnesses, and preparing reports. While sometimes  attorneys do handle some of these tasks, they often have either don’t have time or not expertise of investigators. A professional investigator is not a simply a good locator of information, but also someone who excels at creating a rapport with others and getting them to open up.

The best investigator will know how to review evidence and reports and determine if what the prosecution claims are consistent, accurate and truthful. It’s not uncommon for a professional investigator to uncover inconsistencies or unusual information in reports that will give rise to avenues of investigation favorable to the defense.

An experienced criminal defense attorney will already know what to be looking for as she reviews your case. She will be searching for potential search issues, violations of your constitutional rights, problems with the police investigation, or other evidentiary issues. Another set of eyes and another perspective is another reason why having a defense investigator is crucial. A great investigator can assist with case theories, possible defenses, or offer different ideas for moving forward with the investigation.

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Criminal defense investigators typically prepare for and conduct all witness interviews. Sometimes criminal defense attorneys attend those. Interviewing state witnesses before trial allows defense investigators and attorneys the opportunity to ask hard questions and elicit important details that may have been ignored by the prosecutor or police. It allows us to gather more information about what the witness will be testifying to, and also push into the weak areas of the prosecutor.

Throughout the course of the criminal defense investigation, the private detective will go through routine police reports, everyday paperwork as well as copies of evidence, photographs, phone messages and witness statements related to the case. The goal of this is to determine whether or not there are any inconsistencies from one witness to the next or between the conclusions drawn and the evidence.