Our firm’s lead investigator formerly worked for the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. She spent a total of 14 years as an investigator in that office and most of those were spent in their Crimes Against Children Unit where she investigated child molestation cases for the prosecution. Prior to that, she was a Special Agent with the GBI. As a result, she has extensive knowledge as to how these cases are prosecuted and what must be done by the defense to obtain a dismissal or acquittal. Now, her wealth of knowledge and experience is utilized by our firm to help prepare the defense for each of our clients. With her help, we are able to secure the evidence that is often overlooked by the prosecution and then present that evidence to the right people, and in the right manner, to obtain the best result for our client.
Early and effective investigation is essential in the defense of any criminal case. Generally, law enforcement officers are only concerned with discovering and securing evidence consistent with a person’s guilt. Particularly with sex offense cases, there is all too often a rush to judgment and the police rarely take the steps that are necessary to determine whether there is actually any evidence of the person’s guilt prior to making an arrest. It is crucial that we conduct our own investigation to discover and secure any and all evidence supporting our client’s innocence. All witnesses that could potentially assist in our defense must be discovered and interviewed. In order to discover witnesses whose identities are not known, we sometimes must canvass neighborhoods searching for witnesses.
In many cases, we will conduct an examination of the alleged crime scene as well as have it measured and diagrammed to scale. Any and all physical evidence that can be secured must then be collected. In prior cases, we have even gone as far as taking furniture out of houses to be used to recreate the scene at trial.
A background investigation into every potential prosecution witness must be conducted. This includes criminal history information, prior civil suits, allegations of misconduct at work or school, prior instances of providing false statements, psychological history records, DFCS records, or any other information that could affect their credibility. The background of all law enforcement officers must also be investigated. This includes training records, disciplinary records, and internal affairs files. We will also thoroughly investigate the individuals who conducted the forensic interviews and the sexual assault examinations of the accuser(s).
In many cases, specialized expert investigation may also be required. For instance, we may need a computer forensics expert to examine computer hard drives or conduct a Cellebrite analysis on a cell phone in order to extract text messages or GPS location data.