Why P.I.s with Law Enforcement Backgrounds Make the Best Expert Witnesses
Posted by Pamela S. on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Obtaining evidence is only one part of a very complex puzzle. All the evidence in the world is useless if it can’t stand up in court. An expert witness can back u
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Many companies and individuals use private investigators to obtain evidence. Not all investigations are conducted for the purposes of litigation, however an investigation can provide evidence in the following matters:
- Various forms of fraud; corporate, mortgage, insurance, banking
- Non-compete violations, breach of contract, intellectual property, and other employment issues such as workers’ compensation fraud, benefits fraud, theft and financial crimes
- Personal issues such as divorce and custody
An investigation provides direct and indirect evidence in the following ways:
- Interviews and statements from witnesses
- Hearsay evidence
- Similar fact evidence
- Factual presumptions
- Documentary evidence
- Video and audio evidence
- Physical evidence, such as DNA, digital evidence
Not everyone makes a good witness. You can be a great investigator in the field and freeze up on the witness stand if you aren’t comfortable speaking in front of a large group of people. Most people, even professionals, don’t have the skills or influence of a public speaker. When you are also being interrogated by a brilliant lawyer, it can be daunting. Private investigators with a background in law enforcement understand the legal system and have
substantial experience testifying in court.
A private investigator with expert witness experience will ensure that your evidence is seen in the best light. When you need a professional to provide expert witness testimony or give an expert opinion on a particular subject, a private investigator can recommend a professional with expertise in the appropriate field, such as:
- Technical or scientific opinions
- Forensic accounting
- Health and safety
- Document examination
- Accident reconstruction
A good investigator knows that their evidence will have to withstand the scrutiny of court. An expert witness can also offer an opinion in a case where they are not hired by a party of the proceedings in the original investigation, depending on their expertise.
Tom Sheer and the team at Sheer Investigations have a wealth of court experience, as former law enforcement; FBI, DEA, IRS and Secret Service, and as private investigators.
Former FBI Assistant Director Tom Sheer has recruited the best from the FBI, DEA, IRS and Secret Service to build a formidable team at Sheer Investigations. Our private investigators have the sensitivity and experience to handle the most delicate investigations.