SUCCESSFUL EXAMPLES OF INVESTIGATIONS
Homicide/Self-Defense: A family retained me on Friday after
their son was arrested for shooting and killing a man. My investigator
and I went to the scene over the weekend, we interviewed witnesses, and
we located the crucial defense witness who had already left town. We
obtained a sworn statement from that witness by Sunday night. I got it
to the prosecuting attorney after hours. By the first court hearing on
Monday morning, the prosecutor agreed it was a case of self-defense. The
court released the client. No criminal charge was ever filed.
Rape: A member of a prominent band retained me when he
learned a young woman who had gone home with him after a concert was
claiming that he raped her. My investigator located the witness who
saw them together at a store during the night, and the cab driver who
picked her up at his residence in the morning -- after a long parting
kiss at the door. No criminal charge was ever filed.
Homicide/Child Abuse: A new father retained me when his
infant son was hospitalized in a coma. The State believed the child had
been shaken to cause brain injury. The court restricted the parents'
access to their child in the hospital. We obtained visitation to permit
the young parents to see and hold their baby, who soon died. A later
autopsy revealed no evidence of abuse. No charge was filed.
Rape: A prominent public official was accused of rape by a
woman who came to his home under very unusual circumstances. Our
investigator quickly uncovered this woman's bizarre history of prior
false statements. We also located the driver who transported her to and
from my client's home. No charge was filed and no accusation was made
Theft/Shoplifting/Non-Citizen: A foreign national with a
green card retained me after being stopped for shoplifting. A criminal
conviction could result in deportation. My client paid a civil fine to
the store, which agreed it was satisfied and didn't wish a criminal
charge to proceed. No charge was filed.
Child Sex Offense: In the course of a divorce, a
toddler's mother alleged that the father was molesting their daughter.
The police claimed to have obtained a sperm from the child's mouth. They
arrested and briefly jailed my client. Applying the best science and
careful observation over time, we persuaded the detective that the
mother's behavior was abusive. No criminal charge was filed. The court
ultimately awarded my client custody of his daughter.
Child Sex Offense -- CPS Investigations: A teacher
conducted her own "investigation" at school and believed my client's
three children were being sexually abused by their father. CPS
interviewed the children at school and ordered the father out of the
home. The mother retained me to protect the children and see that a
proper and impartial investigation occurred.
We obtained a child interview expert who was better qualified than the
prosecutor's. The prosecutor refused to video record child interviews.
The court approved our expert instead of the prosecutor's to interview
the children on video. When the State reviewed the videos, it agreed
there was no evidence of sexual abuse. No criminal charge was filed and
the family was reunited.
Voyeurism: A client was found to have set up a camera in the
bathroom of a home in which he was a guest. The police arrested him and
seized his equipment. We sent the client to a psychologist and a
neurologist to investigate medications he was taking. We learned the
medications had side effects of compulsive sexual behavior. We helped
change his medications. A later evaluation demonstrated he was not a
sexual threat. We also challenged the police investigation. No criminal
charge was ever filed.
Property Destruction/Identity Theft/Computers: A client who was
terminated from her job was then accused of destroying computer files
and stealing patient identification information. Witness interviews of
co-workers established the employer's history of retaliation. A computer
expert demonstrated the "missing" files remained in the "recycle" bin
and were easily retrieved. The prosecutor dismissed the case.