Attorneys play a valuable role in building and arguing your case in court. But an argument is only as strong as the evidence that supports it. Which is why hiring a private investigator alongside an attorney can help you come up trumps.
It’s little wonder that many law firms already have PIs on call. But if your attorney is flying solo, consider bringing an investigator into the mix. A PI who specializes in your particular type of case is even better – and may play a significant role in shaping outcomes in court.
Here’s why hiring a PI to support your attorney is a good idea.
PIs can track down witnesses and serve papers
Witness testimony is a powerful thing. But it’s not always easy to track down someone to obtain a deposition. A private investigator can help find the witness in question in order to take down a deposition – and ensure that it’s obtained and presented in a way that’s admissible in court.
It’s not just witnesses that PIs are skilled at finding. In order to serve someone you need to be able to find them. PIs are expert at tracking down people who don’t want to be found, making them a valuable complement to your attorney in your divorce or lawsuit case. They can also undertake background checks on persons of interest to help paint a more detailed picture of an individual.
Finding the people who can make or break a case is invaluable for your attorney.
PIs can undertake surveillance in person – and digitally
While much PI work takes place after a crime has happened, sometimes it’s important to gather additional information before taking action. Divorce cases where infidelity is suspected, or child custody cases where one parent is considered to be unfit are just two examples.
PIs can monitor an individual through traditional surveillance to help shore up a case. They might film this individual visiting an asset like a house, car or business that doesn’t exist on paper, or see whether their actual movements align with their claimed itinerary. PIs can also go online to investigate an individual’s digital footprint on platforms such as social media, forum postings or open databases – and see whether additional, often incriminating information can be gathered.
All of this information can be used to support an attorney’s case.
PIs can find overlooked details to deliver new evidence
PIs have extensive knowledge networks that include experts, databases and records. They know what to look for when gathering information for a specific case, and can tap into wide-ranging resources to highlight new information, details or inconsistencies.
They might review police reports, photographs, witness statements and even recreate a crime scene to pinpoint irregularities or problems. The upshot? More information for your attorney to work with when building your case.
Not only that, but a private investigator’s evidence-gathering can also give your attorney a window into the personality and behavioral traits of whoever’s on the other side. This can give you the upper hand during cross-examination, negotiation or when making a deal or plea.
Great attorneys use every resource at their disposal to create the best outcome for you – and a PI is an invaluable part of their arsenal. After all, two minds are better than one. Hiring a PI alongside an attorney is one of the smartest decisions you’ll make, so make sure you do!