Utilizing a Criminal Defense Investigator
Few, if any, successful attorneys have the time to conduct investigative activities. A thorough investigation must be conducted and can entail activities that require time consuming work. All potential witnesses must be interviewed. Additional witnesses should be developed beyond what law enforcement has identified. Law enforcement officers tend to focus on evidence, information and witnesses that support their case rather than on the objective facts of the case.
Without a thorough independent investigation by the defense, evidence, information and witnesses that support the defendant may never be revealed. In addition to standard investigative activities, the investigator can review discovery documents to develop leads, evaluate prospective jurors, serve legal papers, and provide support and feedback during trial.
Investigators are often more experienced in conducting interviews than attorneys. They can also go into geographical areas the attorney may not wish to go. In many cases, they can better relate to witnesses of varying backgrounds, social leverls, and ethnic origins. Since many private investigators are former law enforcement officers, they can often obtain information from LE sources that others can't.
Use of an investigator by an attorney provides an image of a well staffed, professional defense team. Since the investigator's fee is a legal expense to be born by the client above and beyond the attorney's fee, his/her services are at no cost to the attorney.
Criminal Defense Support
Identify & locate wintesses
Interview professional sources
Conduct records searches
Conduct database searches
Serve legal papers
Review discovery documents
Provide trial support
Visit jailed clients
Any legal support necessary