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Criminal Defense Investigator

A criminal defense investigator is a professional who works on behalf of a defendant in a criminal case to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a strong defense strategy. Their role is crucial in ensuring that the defendant receives a fair trial and that all possible avenues for defense are explored.

Here's a breakdown of what a criminal defense investigator does:


1. Investigation: The primary role of a criminal defense investigator is to investigate the facts surrounding the case. This can involve visiting the crime scene, collecting physical evidence, and examining police reports and other documents related to the case.


2. Interviewing Witnesses: Defense investigators interview witnesses who may have information relevant to the case. This can include eyewitnesses, character witnesses, or experts who can provide valuable testimony.


3. Background Research: They conduct background checks on key individuals involved in the case, including victims, witnesses, and law enforcement personnel. This helps uncover any biases, motivations, or inconsistencies that could impact the case.


4. Evidence Collection: Defense investigators gather evidence that supports the defendant's case and challenges the prosecution's arguments. This may involve obtaining surveillance footage, medical records, or other documentation that can help establish an alibi or refute allegations.


5. Expert Consultation: In complex cases, defense investigators may consult with experts such as forensic specialists, psychologists, or medical professionals to analyze evidence or provide expert testimony.


6. Case Analysis: They analyze the prosecution's case to identify weaknesses or inconsistencies that can be exploited in court. This includes reviewing witness statements, police reports, and other evidence presented by the prosecution.


7. Witness Preparation: Defense investigators may assist defense attorneys in preparing witnesses for trial. This can involve helping witnesses recall events accurately, coaching them on effective communication techniques, and ensuring they understand their role in the trial process.


8. Courtroom Support: During trial proceedings, defense investigators may provide support to the defense team by locating additional witnesses, retrieving evidence, or assisting with the presentation of evidence and witnesses.


Overall, the role of a criminal defense investigator is to conduct a thorough and unbiased investigation to ensure that the defendant's rights are protected and that they receive a fair trial. They play a critical role in the criminal justice system by helping to uncover the truth and ensure that justice is served. Registered due process vendor with the state of Florida. 

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