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I recently discovered that a California licensed private investigator must meet certain strict requirements in order to perform investigations in the state of Nevada. Even if you are just crossing state lines to do a single interview, an out-of-state private investigator could be fined several...
Spring is here and once again time is on my side as an investigator. The spring forward part of daylight savings time is when an investigator can really get some work done. I now not only have the weekends for finding 9 to 5 witnesses at home, but also week nights as well. Only in the most...
Some things that made me smile on my trip to court yesterday:1. A large banner advertising "Jail Weddings" in the window of the bailbonds shop.2. A very pregnant public defender.3. A broken parking meter, which enabled me to give my quarters to a street person.4. A record clerk who made 34 copies...
Continuing with my spring theme ... Wikipedia defines stigma as the part of the flower that is fitted to receive pollen. It's also a social condition experienced by defendants, criminal defense professionals and used car salesman alike.
The vast majority of criminal defense investigators do not carry guns. The only heat packers that I've known personally have been ex-cops. I don't even know many investigators who carry mace or other self-protection devices. I've never been in a situation where it even crossed my mind that a gun...
People have this misconception that the life of a criminal defense investigator is exciting and glamorous. That's because they don't realize that the work often involves approaching people about very sensitive and uncomfortable subjects. Take for instance that the witness is accusing your client of...
Sometimes the skills we have honed as criminal defense investigators can serve us well in the everyday world. I recently found out that the beautiful tree pictured above was slated to be removed from in front of an unoccupied house in our historic neighborhood. What was odd is that the tree did...
These mosaics flank the exterior entrance to the Los Angeles County Courthouse in Compton. There is similar art work in the lobby. The first mosaic is entitled, "The Juror" and the second is "Monument to Justice." A google search did not reveal any more about them. Sorry for the bad framing,...
In the case of Los Angeles' own Clara Shortridge Foltz Justice Center , the path to justice can be downright scarey. This photo was taken from the sidewalk on the Chinatown side of the Hill Street approach to the criminal courts building. That's the 101 freeway down below. The railing hits at...
Today it is actually raining here in Southern California. This is about the third day of actual rain this whole year. Really.An old boss of mine used to always say, "A good investigator never gets wet." I was never completely sure what he meant by that. Is it because a good investigator is...