HOW INVESTIGATORS CAN HELP ATTORNEYS WIN CASES
An investigator is an individual who is trained to conduct investigations on behalf of a client for compensation. Contrary to what we see in the movies, most investigators spend the majority of their time on activities like background checks, searching for persons of interest or studying video footage. These tasks may seem boring to some, but they reveal important information which proves useful to their clients. Many situations require investigators; businesses can employ them in cases where employees are suspected of fraud, theft, business espionage, and violations of non-disclosure agreements. They can be used to verify a future investment partner’s credentials, give assistance in child custody cases, or even go online to track down any adverse information posted about a person on social media.
Procuring an Investigator’s service in the legal community has become standard procedure because they can help gather evidence that will prove important in a case. Due to their training, they are a lot more effective at collecting information then say a paralegal. They are often employed by attorneys and charged with gathering evidence for use in court, evidence which the attorney may not have the skillset to access. Well trained investigators are also knowledgeable of the law and know the kinds of evidence which will be admissible in court. Therefore, they complement the attorneys’ work in gathering information which will lead to the successful resolution of a court case.
For sensitive cases such as workers compensation and personal injury, an attorney would need to gather incontrovertible evidence to substantiate their claims. A large percentage of workers’ compensation claims are fraudulent, which cost businesses large sums of money in unnecessarily paid claims. Using surveillance and other means an investigator can research prior claims and verify the truth or otherwise of claimed injuries. Due to the nature of these kinds of cases, video surveillance is often required to confirm the legitimacy of the claim. Video footage showing the subject partaking in what he is not supposed to be doing or able to physically do usually is all that is needed to disprove a fraudulent claim. The surveillance must be carried out in a discrete manner so as not to arouse suspicion, and therefore only professional investigators should be entrusted with this task. Today’s investigator is usually conversant with technology and knows how to carry out covert video surveillance in a professional manner as not to be caught while filming
Carrying out background checks on the subject involved might also reveal evidence that will result in a swift resolution of the case. These activities require thorough research and painstaking attention to detail. A very busy attorney might not have the time nor training for this kind of tasks and so it becomes expedient to employ the service of a professional investigator.
Investigators also provide an independent, objective and outside the box view that might be of great help to attorneys during the course of an investigation. They can go where attorneys cannot go and do things that attorneys cannot do. In some states, investigators are required to possess a license before they can practice. This license gives them access to restricted databases and records many times unavailable to attorneys. Attorneys are also faced with the challenges of tracking down and interviewing witnesses and this is another area where investigators can help, using their unique skillset. When an investigator is contracted for a case, the information and evidence he produces is often under protection from the opposing counsel. This gives an extra layer of confidentiality to the overall investigation.
Investigators have become essential to the legal environment and employing an investigator will greatly enhance the quality of evidence being gathered for a court case.
Chris Cavallo has been involved in every facet of the Security and Investigations Industry for over 40 years. He started his career with the two largest Security and Investigation Companies in the world at the time, Wells Fargo Guards Services and Pinkerton’s Investigative Services. After spending 2 years as a Management Trainee with 11 months in the field as an Undercover Operative he quickly raised rose through the ranks and became one of the most highly recognized Security Consultants for his first 10 years. He is considered a subject matter expert in various Security/Investigative practices such as Surveillance and Background Investigations. He ended is career with a Fortune 50 Company as the VP of the SE Region. He then co-founded a company, RSI Investigations (Records Search Inc.), which was one of the pioneers and leaders in the Background Screening industry in the late 80’s. After this experience Chris founded Cavallo Associates working with Security, Defense and Investigation Companies and helping them develop their Business Plans and training their personnel while opening new markets in such places as Rome, Italy, several Central America countries and Bogota, Colombia. Today Chris is a Florida Licensed Private Investigator and Security Consultant and continues to dedicate himself in both the Security and Investigations Industry. Presently he is mentoring, developing and sponsoring several PI Interns and overseeing the CSI Security Business as well. Both business units operate under the brand name CSI Secure Solutions headquartered in Davie, Florida with offices in Bogota, Colombia. Chris and his wife Caryn Rae Robin a local singer and popular voice Coach live in Davie, Florida with twin daughters Stefanie & Cristina and are very proud Grandparents of Christopher 14, Stefan 12, Legend 9, Roman 6 and Mia 5.
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