November 12, 2021 admin 0 Comments

Criminal defense attorneys play an important role in any successful criminal defense effort. When a lawyer is able to concentrate on building and organizing a strong case, and is able to outsource some of the heavier footwork to an experienced and trusted investigator, both the lawyer and the client are more likely to get the best possible outcome. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad apples in the criminal defense industry. Too many lawyers end up using sleazy tactics to win cases for themselves, rather than for their clients.

There is nothing unethical about utilizing detectives and criminal defense investigators. It is simply part of what they do. In some ways, they perform the same functions as investigators. They investigate crimes, collect evidence, interview witnesses and target the suspect, follow-up with statements and interrogatories, and make their findings known to the judge, jury, prosecutor, and the public.

A good example of sleazy behavior by some criminal defense investigators is called “hounding.” This is when an investigator tries to find dirt on a potential defendant even if they don’t have enough evidence to win the case. This is not a good way to conduct business as a lawyer. If a lawyer allows this to happen, they will lose money and lose reputation. In the end, the defendant could even be put to death.

Sometimes criminal defense investigators find something that they don’t want to tell the prosecutor, or the court, even if the information might save a life. As an example, many investigators will go out of their way to talk to hostile witnesses, law enforcement personnel, jail inmates, etc. about a particular crime in order to save a client from being charged with a crime. For example, an investigator may contact a jail inmate who knows something about a specific crime in order to help build a case against the person. The prisoner may disclose vital information that helps the investigator build a strong case against the defendant.

Unfortunately, sometimes these criminal defense investigators turn against the very people they are supposed to be helping. A perfect example was when former FBI agent turned private investigator Clint Watts reportedly told a private detective that President George W. Bush had tried to kill him over a six-year-old case. When this reporter confronted Watts about his statement, he said he had “no comment” and hung up the phone on the reporter. Private detectives and law enforcement personnel working for the prosecution did not learn about this until after the case was completed. Apparently, this type of investigative leaking is common in the criminal justice system and often goes unreported.

Another example of unethical investigative activity committed by criminal defense investigators is leaking information to the press. In one case, a private investigator supposedly planned a sting operation where he had two accomplices planting drugs on a defendant and then waiting outside the door as the defendant went inside. The investigator planned to catch the defendant and then kill him so he could get his information and leave the scene. When this investigator’s accomplice was arrested for drugs he had in his possession, all of the evidence that was obtained from the sting operation was wiped out when the arresting officer searched the suspect’s home.

These are just two examples of the unethical behavior that some law enforcement investigators engage in. Although these agents and private investigators might have experience in criminal defense investigations, they should always remain supervised by an experienced private investigator. Supervisors should be involved in the hiring process and be constantly monitoring the progress of private investigators on a daily basis. This will ensure that all of the evidence collected by these investigators is properly handled and never compromised.

One of the most important roles that a private investigator can play in a criminal defense attorney’s office is checking the reliability of the surveillance equipment used in any investigation. In many instances, these investigators are responsible for performing extra tasks such as placing tracking devices on the suspect’s car. A diligent investigator will always check to see if these items are in proper working order and will report any problems if they are observed. If a surveillance system is tampered with or altered in any way, it is essential that the investigator find out about it immediately.