Private investigators provide a host of services, that are very beneficial for those dealing with legal problems. An attorney may decide to solicit the services of a private investigator to assist with various court cases, including criminal defense and corporate disputes.
How it Works
Private investigators work independently from attorneys to collect information. Although the two professionals carry out different operations, both are working for the benefit of their mutual client. The private investigator supplies the attorney with evidence, which can then be used to build the case. Some situations in which a private investigator may be helpful include:
- Criminal defense cases – In a criminal defense case, a private investigator may be able to collect evidence that supports the client’s innocence or suggests the guilt of someone other than the client.
- Corporate crimes – Private investigators can collect evidence that proves patent or trademark infringement, fraud, computer crimes, theft, and other crimes in the business sector.
- Insurance defense – When representing an insurance company, a private investigator’s goal may be to prove that an individual is falsifying or exaggerating his or her injuries.
- Analysis of evidence – In any court case, private investigators may be enlisted to analyze evidence presented by the other side.
The private investigator uses a combination of methods for gathering evidence. These may include: research, interviews, surveillance and/or analytical skills to provide the attorney with resources to represent the client more effectively.
Some private investigators also possess special skills, or backgrounds, relating to specific types of cases or issues, including: auto accidents, wrongful death and homicide.
For example, a private investigator who specializes in auto accidents may be able to reconstruct the scene of the accident in order to discredit the statements of a witness, claimant or defendant, depending on the needs of the client.
Hiring a Private Investigator
If you are involved in a legal dispute or criminal case, hiring a private investigator can greatly increase your chances of success in court. If your attorney has suggested collaboration with a private investigator, or if you think hiring a private investigator would be beneficial, don’t hesitate. Early in the case, the evidence and information collected by the private investigator may provide your attorney with enough evidence to convince the other side to settle out of court, drop the charges against you, or withdraw a claim, depending on the type of case.
If the case does go to court, having a skilled investigator on your team will arm your attorney with the tools needed to represent you effectively and convince the judge and/or jury to decide in your favor.
The Grafton Group is a Tampa Florida-based, multi-disciplined, private investigation and litigation support firm. Our founders are nationally recognized investigators who stand out from the crowd and often speak at state and national conferences for investigators and litigation support professionals.