When you are being accused of a crime, one question that often comes up is “How can a Defense investigator help me?” There are many reasons why people are on trial and facing long years in prison. The Defense investigator will be there to advise the prosecuting attorney that there is probable cause that the defendant committed the crime. If not, the Defense investigator can uncover evidence of the crime that the prosecutor failed to find.
One of the common problems with cases is that there is insufficient evidence to prove guilt. This is a problem that can often be solved quickly if the investigating officer is diligent. Often an arresting officer does not read the Miranda warning, which protects against self-incrimination. The arresting officer has no right to ask questions without obtaining a lawyer’s authorization. It is important to note that this right was adopted because of the rights afforded to criminal defendants under the Fifth and Sixth Amendments. Without these protections, individuals cannot properly defend themselves against unlawful suspicion.
Many times, law enforcement officers come across evidence of crimes but do not have the time or manpower to analyze the case thoroughly. Most prosecutors work on a limited budget and cannot spend too much time on each individual case. In this situation, a Defense investigator may be able to help the prosecutor by uncovering evidence that will lead to a successful conviction. Some criminal defense lawyers even allow the Defense investigator to review all the cases that are in their practice and advise them as to which cases will work best in court.
Other times, a Defense investigator may uncover evidence of innocence. During the trial process, sometimes it is easy for a guilty person to slip up and say things that later turn out to be untrue. This will eventually result in the conviction being dismissed. If not put to full trial, the charge may be dismissed due to lack of evidence.
Sometimes an investigator can catch a potentially innocent person in the act. Perhaps they had a discussion with the defendant and they had an honest conversation about a probable error. If the defendant made this mistake, without thinking, they will admit to it under oath, but then change their story and say the other person committed the crime. This is often how innocent people get convicted. Having the ability to review this evidence, whether it is in the form of video or audio recordings, will often allow a Judge or Jury to rule in the defendant’s favor.
Perhaps you have heard that a Detective is considered to be a witness. Police officers are sworn to tell the truth, so it is imperative that any testimony given during a case to be absolutely accurate. In many instances, the testimony of a police witness can often be crucial to the outcome of a case. Many times there will be nothing more than inconsistencies in the testimony that can affect the strength of the case. The testimony of a witness can even make or break a case.
In many law enforcement cases, the case will not go to trial if the investigator’s testimony is not credible. Often a witness is required to sign a written statement admitting that they had been contacted by the Government Investigator. Many times there are no physical records available from the time of investigation. However, these investigators do not stop there. Most investigators complete background checks on all of the people that they speak with.
If you need answers to such a question, you should contact a private investigator immediately. These professionals have access to thousands of sources of evidence beyond what would be available at a Court Hearing. The time it takes to review this evidence is often less than a day. It may be something as simple as a phone call to a prospective employer or a request for a business reference that turns out to be something more substantial. A professional investigator will often use sophisticated surveillance equipment to review evidence beyond what would normally be available.