Trial preparation is the gathering and preparing of raw materials for a court case or hearing. It can also give a judge and jury a better understanding of the facts presented in a lawsuit.
Depending on the nature of the case, preparation tasks may differ, but effective trial preparation can be essential to winning a case, so it should never be ignored or skimmed over.
Trial preparation, sometimes referred to as trial prep or hearing preparation, can include:
In preparing for a case, a good attorney will streamline the occurrence into story, plan the best way to defend attacks on that story, and attempt to predict counter stories. To do this, they must know the case better than the opposing party. A private investigator’s role is to work with a client and their attorney in order to supplement the case with evidence or witnesses. With witnesses, investigators will aid in making sure they are available for court proceedings and, if necessary, finding witnesses that the client doesn’t know or can’t contact. This is important because gathering witnesses can be time consuming and you won’t have time to locate them during the trial. Plus, the earlier you find a witness, the more time your attorney has to prepare them to testify effectively. Investigators can also locate any relevant documents. Since they have access to resources that aren’t available to the public, they can uncover evidence efficiently and legally. Even if you already have evidence, an investigator can build on what you have and give you solid, unbiased proof.
If your attorney isn’t confident you will win your court case or if they believe the evidence isn’t sufficient, an investigator can potentially help you uncover much-needed evidence. Even if your attorney doesn’t express concern, you can request a private investigator if you feel your evidence is thin.
There are a variety of actions an investigator can take based on the needs of the case:
Locate witnesses: If you need an expert in a certain field, if your potential witness has moved, or if you simply don’t know someone who was at the scene, an investigator can find and contact the people essential to the success of your case.
Background checks: Whether it’s a witness or someone else directly involved in the case, an investigator can look into their background, including employment, criminal history, and medical records.
Develop additional witnesses: You may have witnesses already in place, but investigators can look into these witnesses and potentially discover additional witnesses that may add to the case.
Asset investigation: Investigators, along with a person’s background, can locate property that a person owns or has owned in the past, whether a home, vehicle, boat, or land.
Financial investigation: An investigator can also look into a person’s finances and uncover investments, flagrant spending, and anything else involving the movement of money.
Surveillance: Capturing photographs, video, or audio of relevant details is something an investigator can do legally and efficiently.
Computer investigation: Even if it’s been deleted, investigators can pull up emails, files, and other browser history in order to uncover relevant information.
Share their findings: After investigating, private investigators can gather everything they’ve found into a report or, if necessary, testify on your behalf in court.
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