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Criminal Investigations

You would think private detectives rarely get involved in an active case like murder, trust and estate fraud, partnership fraud or sexual assault. 


Not so. Investigations may not be the same as in the movies but, private detectives have solved many headline cases.  


There is also a growing movement to engage private detectives to solve crimes especially when the police do not show an interest in opening an investigation.


This more often than not is confusing to the victim or complaint.  If you are a victim of a crime shouldn’t the police investigate the allegation? Not realy, police departments may not get involved in complex crimes when both parties have an ongoing relationship and evidence appears inconsistent with the allegation, or the complainant has a unique interest --- such as, a financial interest in having the other party arrested or obtaining leverage in an ongoing civil lawsuit. 


All crimes have a corresponding civil cause of action.  Murder can become a wrongful death lawsuit. If you are the victim of fraud, theft or assault you can bring a civil action for physical, emotional or financial harm and file a lawsuit seeking damages. 


Yet a pending lawsuit may suggest to the police that the complainant is seeking their official involvement to obtain greater advantage in the lawsuit.  


Criminal cases have a mandatory statutory period, which is generally six years to commence an investigation. When this occurs prosecutors will advise a complainant that the matter will be reevaluated after the civil actions is concluded. 


We can help you.  Private detectives have greater latitude in conducting an investigation than police investigators for two reason:  they are not agents of the government and are not constrained by the administrative rules of the police department, which often governs time and resources allocated to an investigation.


Private detectives cannot act beyond the law and follow the same legal standards a police investigator adheres to.  Yet, they can move faster, go in different directions, think "out-side the box," and offer a reward for information that leads to evidence or a witness' whereabout.  Such compensation is not criminal --- it maybe against police departments policy --- but, not illegal. 


Equally important is our ability to understand and review police procedures with a keen-eye towards investigative errors. 


We have great success in preparing a comprehensive report that includes statements and evidence prepared specifically to encourage police and prosecutor involvement.  


Presenting a “gift-wrapped” case that clearly demonstrates criminality often gets positive results with the police taking-over the investigation and making an arrest.  The down side is you, not the taxpayers, fund the investigation.