What is a Civil Investigation?

A civil investigation helps uncover and assemble the information needed for a civil trail. A civil trial is the opposite of a criminal trial. In most cases, this type of court case involves two individual citizens who are arguing about an issue that relates to their rights as citizens. For example, if one person sues another for damages caused in a domestic accident, the case will likely be tried in a civil trial. Civil investigations are utilized to gather the evidence that is essential to such a trial.


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High-Risk Protective Agency works with attorneys on both criminal and civil investigation cases thoroughly gathering admissible facts you need to prove your cases. We do thorough background investigations, revealing pertinent information on a subject’s personal, professional, financial and criminal past and present. We identify, locate and interview most witnesses quickly. We also conduct interviews of witnesses and record statements completely, whether written, audio, or audio-visual.


What are Some Common Types of Civil Investigations?

There are many kinds of civil investigations, with some of the more

common ones being:


Domestic surveillancewhich can include nanny cams, caregiver background checks, security surveillance, and many other types of investigations ensure that you and everyone in your home remain safe.

Personal injury investigationswhich attempt to find out how an injury has occurred..

Workers compensation investigations which try to put a stop to insurance fraud.

Background checkswhich try to determine whether those people you trust with your business or personal life really are deserving of the faith you put in them..

Asset searches which try to uncover hidden funds and valuables owned by debtors, companies, and individuals.

Missing person investigations

Child custody and child abuse investigations which can be used to attempt to uncover possible negligence and mistreatment of minors.

Marital investigationswhich can include everything from partner surveillance to domestic abuse investigations, pre-marital investigations, and cheating spouse investigations.


What Happens in a Civil Investigation?

A civil investigation typically begins with an analysis. A private investigator will usually meet with the person launching the investigation to discuss the needs of the investigation, the budget allotted for the investigation and how the case should proceed. Then, the investigator will approach the case, using a variety of investigative techniques to get answers and evidence as needed. Depending on the investigation, investigators may use surveillance, background checks, medical or forensic investigations, witness examination, and other methods they feel fit to solve the case. The investigator will then meet with the client again to discuss findings. If needed, an investigator can create an official report or even act as an expert witness in a civil trial.


Do I Need a Civil Investigation?

If you are going to be involved in a court case, the simple answer is yes. In many civil trials, proof is everything as the person who presents the most solid case is the one who wins. Simply hiring a private investigator can help you find the solid proof you need to make your court case a success. If you are being taken to court or are affected by false accusations, you may need the services of a good civil investigator to find the evidence to clear your name




Why Hire A Criminal Defense Investigator

A criminal defense investigator plays an important role on your criminal defense team. Our Investigators will assist criminal defense attorney in preparation for trial, including gathering records and interviewing witnesses. Having a diligent, experienced criminal defense investigator is crucial! By immediately retaining a good criminal defense investigator, you can ensure that your team will also hit the ground running.


Whenever possible, the investigation by your defense team should be as thorough as the prosecutor’s investigation. In a criminal case the prosecuting attorney diligently looks for incriminating evidence in order to convict you. It is equally important that your criminal defense team explore all the strategies it can to uncover exculpatory evidence that will help to clear you. The goal of your criminal defense team is to work toward getting you acquitted of the charges that are being brought against you.


The prosecution is stacked with “investigators,” from police officers to investigators specifically employed by the prosecution.


Our private investigators will serve an important role in a criminal defense investigation. In this case, that role is to find witnesses and evidence that will establish reasonable doubt – that will show that there is reason to believe that the defendant is not actually responsible for committing the crime.


When an attorney uses a private investigator in a criminal defense investigation, that investigator will take the time to understand the charges and the laws that relate to the crime. Once there's an understanding of the case in question, the private investigator will go over all of the materials that the defense team has received from the prosecutor.


During the course of the criminal defense investigation, the private investigator will go through routine reports from the police, everyday paperwork as well as copies of evidence, photographs, phone messages and witness statements related to the case. The goal of this is to determine whether or not there are any inconsistencies from one witness to the next or between the conclusions drawn and the evidence.


In addition, during a criminal defense investigation, a private investigator may re-visit the crime scene to see if there was anything that had been overlooked. He or she may also interview witnesses to see if their stories have changed or to verify that they do not have anything else that motivated their statements against the defendant.


Inconsistencies and ulterior motives that a private investigator discovers during the course of a criminal defense investigation may be able to be used as a part of the client's defense. Similarly, if during the course of the criminal defense investigation a private investigator discovers that there are other witnesses who had not come forward or evidence that was not considered previously, he or she can then look into these developments further.


In some cases, that may mean that a search is conducted to find these other witnesses. In other cases, it may mean conducting interviews or doing background searches. In others, there may be other parts of the criminal defense investigation that are assigned to a private investigator – tasks that he or she is uniquely qualified for and that will keep the defense team free to focus on the legal proceedings and other cases that they have.


During the course of a criminal defense investigation, a private investigator can help to ensure that an innocent client will not be found guilty – all without taking away from a defense attorney's busy schedule. In other words, bringing a private investigator into a criminal defense investigation, defense attorneys are able to focus on the court system while a private investigator conducts the investigation.


The six components of criminal defense investigation are as follows


1. Investigative Case Review & Analysis

2. The Defendant Interview

3. Crime Scene Examination, Diagrams & Photography

4. Victim/Witness Background Investigations

5. Witness Interviews & Statements

6. Report of Investigation & Testifying

According to

Criminal Defense Attorneys

 "An adequate defense cannot be prepared without the assistance of an investigator."

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