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How Private Investigation Can Be Used in a Criminal Investigation

Private investigators are often used in tandem with criminal investigations to aid in their client’s defense. They are called in to review the case, interview potential or exculpatory witnesses, gather evidence, and examine for any potential loose ends. With the help of a private investigator, an individual can strengthen their defense in court, dismiss all charges against them, receive a reduced sentence, and successfully appeal or be acquitted of all charges.

If you are considering a career as a private investigator, here are some services you can provide in terms of criminal investigations:

  • Gather evidence of wrongful accusation or conviction. The job here is just as it sounds; you will need to find evidence that can either prove your client’s innocence or show reasonable doubt to a jury. Although the former is preferred, sometimes finding that perfect piece of evidence is not always possible. This can include finding ulterior motives of people of interest in the case that may have been overlooked by law enforcement officers or finding a piece of evidence that just doesn’t add up in the case to provide doubt.
  • Act as a liaison to law enforcement officers. In addition to aiding in a client’s defense, you can work with law enforcement to gather evidence that will lead to the conviction of the real perpetrator in a case. Law enforcement is no stranger to working with private investigators, especially because many private investigators have law enforcement experience.
  • Provide services that are not limited by jurisdiction. Sometimes private investigators can continue to search for evidence in places or at times where law enforcement officers cannot.

While many private investigators have experience in law enforcement, there are other ways to gain an edge in the industry. The National Investigative Training Academy has online courses that will give you the edge in a competitive industry. To find out more, check out our website or call us at 1-800-730-NITA.

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