Private investigators often collaborate with attorneys, this collaboration can be crucial to a successful case. So, how does a private investigator help an attorney? Why would you want to bring one onto your case?
There are a myriad of reasons you might find yourself in need of a PI’s services. Mainly that their help will make the process much more efficient, giving the attorney more time to spend on tasks more pressing to their particular skill set. However, before we get into that, we need to understand some of the responsibilities an attorney has to their client during a case. Then we can identify which ones a private investigator is most suited to help with.
What do you need for a successful case?
This may sound obvious, and it is, you need evidence to prove the innocence or guilt of a subject in court. Now the more complicated part of this is collecting, compiling, and presenting this evidence in court, to a suitable standard. This is something attorneys might often find themselves searching for and doing research for. This is where a private investigator can come in to help run the operation in a more swift and efficient manner.
Not only are a PI’s particular set of expertise perfectly suited to such a task. But they may even have a few tricks up their sleeve an attorney might not. For instance, private investigators are very much used to scouring databases and public databases for important information relevant to a case. Not to mention that research is a very important part of any investigative process. Therefore, they are capable of helping with the collection of evidence. As well as, compiling it, and some even specialize in preparing for its presentation in court. Like us here at Advantage Investigations.
Acquiring new evidence
Now, aside from the help they can provide with usual court proceedings, that would free up attorneys time for more pressing matters, there are other services a PI can provide. Services that would allow attorneys to address the needs of their clients more directly. Acquiring new evidence during a case is an excellent example.
A new angle may be revealed during pre-trial prep when interviewing a witness. Which is another service private investigators can help with too. Having a private investigator by your side in a moment like this could prove crucial. They could help you gain access to this new evidence, and have it ready for your to present in court. This is where a PI’s skills in background checks and surveillance may come in handy.
Serving Papers and Judicial Documentation
Another service that private investigators are experts in delivering is the serving of papers. All too often do people depend on unqualified or inexperienced individuals to deliver papers. And just as often this tends to end in failure. Which is a waste of an attorney’s time, their clients time, and even a private investigator’s time, when they are inevitably brought on for this job.
This can be a serious problem, and in a particularly important case where time is of the essence, it can mean the difference between winning and losing a case. That is because very often private investigators are brought on for this job as a last resort. Usually in order to save money. However, this often ends up with the process becoming more expensive than hiring a PI in the first case. Mainly, because hiring an inexperienced/untrained individual to serve papers often ends in failure to deliver these.
It’s easy to avoid this problem, however, by simply hiring a private investigator in the first place. Bringing them onboard to your case will help you run a much more efficient operation. Saving you and your clients time and money.
If you find yourself in need of a licensed private investigator and their particular set of skills, please feel free to call us. Or simply click on this link to get in contact with one of our team members.