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August 2007 , Page 40 

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Homicide Investigation

By April Higuera

Choosing the Right Private Investigator Can Help Win Your Case

A private investigator can make the difference in winning or losing a case. You already have the edge over your competition by having an investigator on your defense team, but knowing how to choose the right person and utilizing your investigator to the fullest may actually win cases for you. This article suggests traits to look for in a private investigator, identifies the extended roles an investigator can play on a defense team, and offers actual examples from my experience as a defense investigator showing how diligent investigation can turn a case for the defense.

When to Investigate

Knowing when to investigate is as important as the investigation itself. The most important time to investigate is pretrial. It is unlikely that new facts will be allowed into evidence during postconviction proceedings. Although there are cases where new evidence has been accepted, it is rare.

It is particularly di

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