How Private Investigators Help Lawyers With Criminal Legal Matters

What Private Investigators Do

When considering what Private Investigators do, most people immediately think of cheating spouses and infidelity. However, there are a host of various and unique functions that a seasoned investigator can perform. These include GPS tracking, workplace investigations, executing injunctions, search and seizures and even assisting in serious matters such as homicide.

Law firms often leverage the unique skill-set of Private Investigative Agencies for matters related to civil, family, corporate, immigration, real estate and even criminal. Criminal matters range from Summary Offences to Hybrid Offences and Indictable Offences. The definition of each is as follows:

Summary Offence

A summary conviction offence is the least serious kind of criminal offence under Canada’s Criminal Code. It is also known as a “petty crime”, for example, disturbing the peace.

Hybrid Offence

A hybrid offence is an offence where the prosecutor can choose, based on factors such as the seriousness of the accused’s actions and the harm caused, to proceed with the offence as either a summary conviction offence or as an indictable offence. Examples of hybrid offences include: Assault. Assault with a weapon. Sexual assault. Possession of a controlled substance.

Indictable Offence

In Canada, an indictable offence is a crime that is more serious than a summary offence. Examples of indictable offences include theft over $5,000, breaking and entering, aggravated sexual assault, and murder. Maximum penalties for indictable offences are different depending on the crime and can include life in prison.

Private Investigators support law firms and criminal lawyers in various ways. Not only do they obtain video evidence via surveillance, but they also locate witnesses and persons of interest. Additionally, an investigator can be requested to gather evidence and document the chain of custody. Investigative Agencies are often also requested to conduct background checks, fraud examinations, verify addresses, monitor individuals out on bail and serve legal documents.

At Present Truth Investigations Agency, our specialized team provides real-time support to independent lawyers and leading law firms who’s practice areas focus on criminal law. Contact us today or click HERE to learn more about how we assist legal advocates.

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