A criminal case is a matter in which a person is charged formally by the government on behalf of the people. It is not the victim’s responsibility to bring forth a criminal case and sometimes there is no specific victim. The result of a criminal case is a decision or finding that could include a monetary penalty, imprisonment, or supervision in the community. The government usually determines investigation methods rather than the individuals involved.
Common scenarios for needing to initiate a criminal investigation are:
- Law enforcement investigations provide little or no results
- When you need evidence gathered
- To find and interview witnesses to a crime
- To gather impartial facts
- If you need surveillance or record searches
Private Investigations can assist in a variety of offenses that result in a criminal trial such as: fraud, theft, kidnapping, assault, and homicide. In some cases, criminal defense investigation is necessary for the wrongly accused.
A Criminal Investigation is an undertaking that seeks, collects, and gathers evidence of a crime for a case or specific purpose. The Investigator may look for clues and evidence to determine whether a crime has taken place, this also includes checking into the background of the accused.
A Private Investigator will use the following techniques to gather evidence for a Criminal Investigation:
- Interviews with witnesses, family, and friends
- Crime Scene photography
- Background checks
- Document Searches (Business, personal, public, social media, etc.)