Broward County Criminal defense lawyers work closely with private investigators more so than other areas of practice. This is because a criminal lawyer accepting responsibility for defending a client is often the only person who will investigate the facts and circumstances with the defendant’s interest in mind. Exculpatory evidence tending to exonerate a defendant needs to be preserved and protected so that it remains admissible by the defense.
Investigators are Often Called as Witnesses
Criminal defense attorneys must avoid making themselves a witness to the case that they are charged with defending. -William Moore, Criminal Attorney
A defense attorney assigned to a case should never engage in investigatory work on his or her own. Doing so jeopardizes the integrity of the evidence in addition to making the attorney a witness to the case.
Defense retained investigator responsibilities:
- Interviewing of witnesses and recording of statements
- Testifying at trial specific to interviews conducted in statements taken
- Photographing of crime scene and authentication
- Testifying about observations during investigation
- Location of witnesses favorable to the defense serving subpoenas
- Discover and obtain physical evidence that may tend to assist with the defense
Detectives for the Accused
Defense retained investigators are best viewed as a suspect’s police detective. Actual officers investigating a criminal matter are trained to gather evidence that tends to convict a suspect. Little to no effort is aimed at exonerating a person believed to have committed a crime. Exculpatory evidence will only be obtained by a defense team’s private investigator. Their importance can’t be understated.
Skilled Criminal Investigators on the Defense Team Can Make a Case
Having a good team of investigators is a necessity when it comes to defending against criminal allegations. We have worked with the same group of highly skilled investigators for the last 20 years. They are like family.