Private investigators are used for many different tasks and by many different companies. Sometimes it might even be better to think of them as outsourced help, because that is often the case. Regular citizens might hire a private investigator to catch a cheating spouse, but much of the time they are hired by insurance companies or even attorneys to help them do the necessary investigative parts of their jobs.
While many who hire criminal defense attorneys might not want to think about it, their attorneys often handle several cases at a time. However, by using a private investigator, they can get a skilled set of eyes to help them look over the fine details of certain areas of a case and do particularly time-intensive tasks that can help your defense. However, it is not like a private investigator is writing up sensitive legal documents where even one wrong piece of formatting could somehow invalidate your whole case, instead private investigators do many other crucial tasks for your attorney.
Tracking Down Witnesses
Private investigators are renowned for tracking people down, and that, as you can expect, is a pretty useful skill when you are facing criminal charges and there is one witness that can exonerate you. While police reports often record witness statements and contact information, they only record witnesses that stay at the scene. A private investigator can help to track down other witnesses you might have noted or witnesses that gave false information to the police and can no longer be found.
Examining / Recreating Crime Scenes
Law enforcement may be there to protect and serve, but they have a lot of people to do that for. Often criminal defense attorneys need a set of detail-oriented eyes to go over the crime scene or to recreate that crime scene to see if there are details they may have missed. Law enforcement officers often place this pretty low as a priority or simply won’t do it because finding new evidence could reflect badly on them. However, a licensed private investigator can and they may point out aspects the original investigators missed.
Scouring the Evidence
While criminal defense attorneys have very specific knowledge of the law, private investigators are trained to have broader legal knowledge. They know many legal nuances and know what lawyers are looking for as well as what is illegal for them to do to help a case. This means a private investigator can be used to look over evidence and witness statements for inconsistencies or other things that don’t make sense. Often they will be used to talk to witnesses to make sure their accounts continue to line up and remain consistent, which is something your lawyer might not have time for. However, it is everyone’s desire to make sure a case has all the available evidence that can possibly be gathered.
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