Why Every Felony Should be Independently Investigated

Felony cases are as unique as they are serious. No two cases are exactly alike. As an attorney, it may be easy for you to lump robberies, sexual assaults and even homicides into their own neat little bundles. And indeed, if one were to strictly follow the Elements of...

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Social Media and the Value of Open-Source Intelligence

About twenty years ago, social media was barely in its infancy. We had chat rooms, occasional photo sharing sites, and “rooms,” and in 2003, a site called Myspace. If you knew where to look, you could find a photo here, a photo there, maybe some insight into the type...

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The Value of a Properly Written Report

The adage "a great report can save a horrible investigation, while a horrible report can ruin even the best of investigations" isn't the report's only purpose. While a detailed, yet concise story of what was observed during three days of insurance surveillance is...

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The Value of a Properly Written Report

There's an old adage in the investigative world; a great report can save a horrible investigation, while a horrible report can ruin even the best of investigations. When new investigators join the profession, there are usually mixed emotions to hearing this. At face...

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How Surveillance Proves Beyond Doubt Fraudulent Claims

Surveillance is an expensive yet imperative part of working any insurance file. Without laying eyes on the claimant, documenting his or her daily activities, fraudulent claims can be all but impossible to prove. Other methods of investigation lay the groundwork, such...

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The Reid Technique – A defense investigator’s perspective

Anyone who has been in criminal defense for any reasonable amount of time has heard the name “Reid Technique.” Law enforcement and DA’s offices love it; defense attorneys hate it. The prosecution calls it getting the truth; the defense calls it coercion. But what...

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