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Practical Methods for Legal Investigations
by Dean A Beers   

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Publisher:  CRC Press ISBN-10:  1439844844
Pages: 

358

Copyright:  2011 ISBN-13:  9781439844847

Practical Methods for Legal Investigations

Legal investigators are responsible for providing factual evidence – as the fact finders, they are the foundation for the attorneys they work with daily. The attorney is responsible for forming and implementing the legal strategy and presenting it to the judge or jury. The legal investigator provides checks and balances to ensure that no evidence is being forced upon a theory, and that no theory is being forced upon the evidence. Practical Methods for Legal Investigations: Concepts and Protocols in Civil and Criminal Cases presents legal investigators with a step-by-step process that reveals how to methodically find and report evidence in every aspect of the investigative process.

Features

  • Presents a system that is easily adaptable to small assignments as well as complex litigation cases
  • Emphasizes preparation, the most often neglected aspect of many investigations
  • Differentiates between conducting and completing assignments and investigations
  • Provides protocol for fact acquisition, recording, communicating, and reporting

Summary

Legal investigators are responsible for providing factual evidence – as the fact finders, they are the foundation for the attorneys they work with daily. The attorney is responsible for forming and implementing the legal strategy and presenting it to the judge or jury. The legal investigator provides checks and balances to ensure that no evidence is being forced upon a theory, and that no theory is being forced upon the evidence. Practical Methods for Legal Investigations: Concepts and Protocols in Civil and Criminal Cases presents legal investigators with a step-by-step process that reveals how to methodically find and report evidence in every aspect of the investigative process.

Similar to the scientific principle of using research to prove or disprove a theory, the author’s Investigative Protocol is designed to find the facts that prove or disprove criminal charges, civil allegations, or elements thereof. The book includes case studies that clearly detail how the process of the Investigative Protocol applies to every assignment of the case and to the case as a whole. Comprehensive and methodical, the system provides a map to the truth.

Excerpt
It is the author’s opinion that the only true function of the legal investigator is that we are fact finders. We do not search for the truth, but we can search for the facts leading to the truth; the discovery of the latter cannot happen without the former. The truth is generally circumstantial information and can be subjective due to how it is affected by the individual’s bias. For example, the truth to a witness is based upon what they heard, what they saw, what they felt, what they smelled, and even what they tasted. More importantly, the truth is their objective perception of the facts - information that is not affected by the person’s bias. Therefore, we are interested only in facts that are presentable as evidence. If the truth comes forth or is discovered, all the better; but, we are not actively looking for it. Finally, to search for the truth may give the perception that you know what the truth is or might be and are looking for supportive facts. As the fact finders, we look for extenuating, aggravating, and mitigating evidence. We evaluate the objective and subjective evidence. Any evidence that supports or refutes any or all of the components of the alleged crime or tort is important. Our skills, and passion, for this profession are reflected in our efforts and reports.

Professional Reviews

Stephen J. Cina, MD
"Mr. Beers' exemplary performance can be traced to his merger of life experience with in-depth study of criminalistics and meticulous attention to detail. His investigations show a unique combination of ‘book smarts’ and common sense."

"Dean is an expert forensic photographer and was one of the most thorough medicolegal death investigators I have encountered in my career. He showed great skill during scene investigations, performing case follow-up, and in the autopsy suite. He is a credit to the profession and I believe his work displays a commitment to the forensic sciences and investigative services. His work in both photography and medicolegal investigations is detailed, thorough, objective, and of the highest quality."


Scott Harrell - PursuitMag.com
" … an information packed, all inclusive "Legal Investigator’s Manual" providing a thorough understanding of the knowledge, skills and practices required in order to become the successful, highly valued investigator on any legal team. … should be a ‘must-read’ for every new investigator making his or her way into criminal defense and civil negligence matters. … The wealth of information in this book is both comprehensive and timeless."

Burt Hodge - Florida Association of Licensed Investigators Newsletter
"I have in front of me a textbook that all professional investigators should read. Dean Beers … has managed to do a great job of compiling a handbook of concepts and protocols that apply to both civil and criminal investigations. … From the outset, this text thoroughly and concisely walks you through an investigation, covering a variety of civil and criminal investigations, from photography to death analysis and all things in between."


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