for Private Investigators
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Become a Private Investigator. It is only a small sample of the valuable
information contained in the 117 page complete guide.
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criminal defense investigator is the right arm of the successful criminal
defense lawyer. Your main goal is to help the lawyer get an acquittal for
your client. To do this, you must find evidence to establish reasonable
doubt about whether your client committed the crime.
therefore need to research the law relating to the crime that your client
is charged with so you understand the specific elements of the crime. You
need to inspect and examine all materials handed over by the prosecution.
You should also examine every police and prosecution document, report
and form, no matter how routine or insignificant it may seem to look for
job may also include examining the crime scene, interviewing witnesses,
and anything else that the lawyer thinks might help win the case.
be a criminal defense investigator, you must have a working knowledge of
federal and state laws, and you need a thorough understanding of the proper
police criminal investigation techniques, since your investigation will
closely follow theirs. You must also be painstaking and persistent. The
payback? Criminal defense investigation is one of the most interesting,
and personally satisfying specialties.
education in criminology and political science might give you an edge in
this field, and paralegal training can also be quite an asset. There are
also many training courses and seminars that deal with criminal defense
investigation. I've listed a couple but you can do a search to find countless
Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council - Seminars & Training
are also Investigative Internship programs available. You can do a search
to see if there are any available near you. Some of them are only open
to students enrolled in a four-year university program or graduates of
those programs, which you may already be if you have been working towards
becoming a PI too. For example:
Investigation Academy - Basic Criminal Defense Investigation
University Criminal Justice Clinic Investigative Internship Program
great opportunity to break into this field is to volunteer at your local
public defenders office. Web sites for some of the county, state, and federal
public defenders office can be found at:
are some additional resources to help you get started:
& Clues: The Art and Science of Criminal Investigation
above is only a small sample of the valuable information in the FabJob Guide to Become a Private Investigator.
The complete guide contains more information about career opportunities
plus detailed information on how to get hired as a private investigator. Visit www.FabJob.com/privateinvestigator.asp for more
Association of Legal Investigators
Point Check List For Working A Capitol Criminal Defense Case" by Suzanne
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