Investigators play a major role in many investigations. In cases that involve criminal, domestic, civil investigations, etc, once the case reaches trial the legal team may hire an investigator to assist in preparation. Trial preparation is the gathering and preparing of information for a court case or hearing. Effective preparation help to give a judge or jury a better understanding of the facts being presented in a lawsuit. Effective trial preparation can be essential to winning a case, so it should never be ignored.
Trial preparation includes the following:
Preparing witness testimony
Creation of investigation reports
Mock Trials for Potential Verdict Results
When do I use a private investigator for trial preparation and
How can they help?
Attorneys hire investigators to help uncover much-needed evidence or dispute information that may not be factual. There are a variety of actions an investigator can take based on the needs of the case:
Locate witnesses: If you need an expert in a certain field, if your potential witness has moved, or if you simply don’t know someone who was at the scene, an investigator can find and contact the people essential to the success of your case.
Background checks: Whether it’s a witness or someone else directly involved in the case, an investigator can look into their background, including employment, criminal history, and medical records.
Develop additional witnesses: You may have a witness already in place, but investigators can look into these witnesses and potentially discover additional witnesses that may add to the case.
Asset investigation: Investigators, along with a person’s background, can locate a property that a person owns or has owned in the past, whether a home, vehicle, boat, or land.
Financial investigation: An investigator can also look into a person’s finances and uncover investments, flagrant spending, and anything else involving the movement of money.
Surveillance: Capturing photographs, video, or audio of relevant details is something an investigator can do legally and efficiently.
Computer investigation: Even if it’s been deleted, investigators can pull up emails, files, and other browser histories in order to uncover relevant information.
Share their findings: After investigating, private investigators can gather everything they’ve found into a report or, if necessary, testify on your behalf in court.