Why do attorneys have close ties to professional private investigators?

Having a good relationship with a trusted, professional private investigator takes a load off the need for an attorney to gather facts to make a solid case stick when it comes to trial.

Law enforcement can only go so far before an investigation is halted as a result of restrictions placed on their actions, which is when a private investigator is called in to gather evidence that the police are not allowed to pursue without warrants.

Naturally, private investigators are not above the law, however, they do have more leeway than that of the police in the course of compiling legitimate evidence that will stand up in court.

An attorney generally has more than one case to work on at a time, which is why they will work with a private investigator they can trust.  The attorney and private investigator share a common goal in accumulating all the evidence that’s required to prove or disprove any case before the court, legitimately.

In a criminal case, the evidence laid out before the court needs to be of such a high standard that it can assist in establishing enough reasonable doubt to prove that the person accused is not responsible for committing the crime for which they are being tried.

Why do attorneys work with private investigators?

  • Finding details & locating witnesses missed during an initial investigation:

Because private investigators are also required to have an understanding of the legalities associated with investigating for a criminal defence, once they have a clear understanding of a specific case and the charges being brought, they will know what to look for in terms of material provided by the prosecution.

A private investigator will take this discovery, as it is called in the legal profession, and work through every aspect of the evidence provided, painstakingly combing through police reports, photos, witness statements, copies of evidence and more, in order to find any holes in the material presented.

Going over witness statements and interviewing these witnesses again where necessary, often leads to a change in statement or the discovery of ulterior motives on the part of the witness to mislead the initial investigators, which could prove to be invaluable to the defence team.

In the same vein, by the time a private investigator gets involved in a criminal case, they may be able to find witnesses that did not come forward during the initial stages of a police investigation.

  • Private investigators remain objective & understand legalities involved in criminal cases:

When an attorney is ready to present the case of a defendant, the evidence examined, scrutinised and added to by further investigation is presented from an impartial point of view by a professional investigator who understands the nuances of the legalities involved in the process.

The presentation of tainted evidence has resulted in many a case that is lost for the defence, which is yet another of the major reasons attorneys work with experienced, licenced private investigators.

Attorneys know that an experienced, highly trained private investigator understands the importance of gathering and then maintaining the chain of custody during investigation, ultimately presenting criminal defence attorneys with evidence that is undisputable.

To find out more about the full range of investigative services offered by King Investigators in Johannesburg and Pretoria, chat to the team online or give them a call to discuss the goal you wish to achieve through an honest investigation carried out by registered professionals.

 

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