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Criminal Defense Investigations Services Houston & Dallas We believe that the majority of Felony criminal cases require some type of criminal defense investigations. The problem is the majority of attorneys will attempt to conduct these investigations themselves. Most average attorneys believe that hiring a private investigator will impact client’s ability to pay their retainers. We believe that having a private investigator is one of the most important members of your criminal defense team.

We have former FBI and Police trained private investigators that have the knowledge, skill, experience and training to provide effective and professional criminal defense investigations.

Hiring a professional private investigator to investigate criminal charges brought against you by the Police is as important as hiring an attorney.

Why do I need a private investigator to handle your Criminal Defense Investigation?

Guilty until proven innocent

In Texas, there are thousands of people in prison awaiting trial or an appeal for a criminal offense they did not commit. If you gave the majority of those people a choice between hiring a “Great Lawyer with No Private Investigator” or a "Good Lawyer with a Great Private Investigator"; most would hire the “Great Lawyer with NO Private Investigator”. Most criminal defendants think there lawyer can also be there investigator. A great criminal defense lawyer knows about 85% of what happens at trial is a direct result of the work done outside of the courtroom before the trial begins.

Don’t let your attorney or anyone tell you that you don’t need your own investigator. Being a former Police Officer and former FBI Agent, I know there are always two sides to the truth. During my 25-year career, I have seen many people get prison and probation sentences because there was no one willing to investigate their side of the truth. I have seen lawyers all over the state work out plea bargains, probation and prison sentences for clients when they were not always necessary.

Here are some facts to consider when you are facing criminal charges:

  • Approximately 65% of all criminal defendants do not have a private investigator working for them.
  • In every case, the District Attorney has the police investigating for them. Do you think the police will investigate on your behalf?
  • Hiring your own private investigator gives you a better chance of charges being reduced or dismissed.
  • Even if you have a court appointed attorney, you may have the right to request that the court appoint a private investigator to investigate your side of the truth.
  • If your case goes to trial, your defense lawyer will be at a big disadvantage going against the District Attorney if you do not have a private investigator working for you.

A Matter of Just Us #1

Recently I worked with a family that spent $40,000 on an attorney for their son who was facing a murder trial. Their son had No prior criminal record and there were several questions and leads that were not followed up on by the police. There was evidence that suggested their son’s actions were self-defense. They allowed their lawyer to hire the private investigator. The private investigator hired by the lawyer was unable to locate a key female witness. Their son was convicted of “Murder” and sentenced to 99-years in prison.

After their son had been in prison for five years, the family hired me to locate the female witness. In three days, I found the female witness and obtained a statement from her that resulted in the charges against their son being reduced from “Murder” to “Manslaughter”. The case is now in the appeal process. The family later told me if they had hired me five years ago their son might be at home instead of in prison.

When I asked the family why they allowed the lawyer to hire the private investigator, they responded; “We trusted him and we did not know any private investigators”. This family’s misfortune is like many who are involved in the criminal justice system.

A Matter of Just Us #2

Earlier this year we worked a case where our client was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The incident started when our client was attacked by several male subject boys while at a party. Our client was forced to discharge his firearm in self-defense. Our client had No prior criminal record and he had a canceled handgun permit to carry the firearm. I located three key witnesses (who the police did not bother to interview) and they gave written statements saying that the client acted in self defense. These written statements alone with there court testimony resulted in our client case being No Billed by the Grand Jury and the charged were dismissed.

The People’s Lawyer

Recently I introduced myself as a private investigator to a lawyer in his 60’s that works in my building. The lawyer told me that his entire law practice was based on criminal defense work. I asked the lawyers how often he works with a private investigator and he responded that he has Never used a private investigator on one of his criminal cases. When I consider that the District Attorney has investigators (the Police) on all of their criminal cases it makes you wonder how many plea bargains, probation terms and prison sentences this lawyer has worked out for his clients that were not necessary.

These are just a few of the stories that are the driving force behind our firm offering private investigations in criminal defense cases. As you can see, having an experienced private investigator working with a good lawyer will increase your chances of your case being dismissed or the charges getting reduced.

About the Author

Eric Rhodes is presently the Director of Investigations for THE INVESTIGATIVE FIRM in Houston, Texas. Eric Rhodes has been a frequent speaker on subjects of private criminal defense investigations, security and risk management consulting. Mr. Rhodes has appeared on many radio, newspaper and television shows including KVUE TV in Austin, Texas, the Dallas Business Journal the San Bernardino, California Sun Newspaper and WZZA-Radio.

For more information on this topic or to discuss your case call Eric Rhodes at (713) 322-0102 or erhodes@theinvfirm.com.

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