Complex Investigations
• Examination of Complex Investigations

• Statement Analysis

• Criminal Investigations

• Consultations
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• Pre-employment screening and background check

• Domestic Investigations

• Missing Persons

• Surveillance

• Workman's Compensation Cases

• Fraud Investigations

• Corporate Investigations

• Undercover Operations

• Scene Reconstruction

• Service of Process

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    Complex Investigations
    Criminal Investigations, Criminal Defense Investigations and Consultations

  1. Examination of Complex Investigations - process consists of thoroughly and systematically studying an existing involved case (e.g. Homicide Case) for the purpose of identifying and isolating problem areas so that they can be evaluated and addressed effectively succeeding their detection. Past experience reveals that occasionally investigators make mistakes in crucial areas of a multifaceted investigation and these mistakes go undetected and are overlooked. Common methods of detection consist of examining an investigative report for discrepancies so that said discrepancies can be explored accordingly and challenged. However; of equal importance is to look at what is not documented and explore areas of a fracture in a case that are often missed. Some of the more common examples of problem areas are:

    1. Inadequate Canvass and Follow up - can lead to missing potential witnesses and or other people knowledgeable of the incident that could shed a new perspective on the occurrence. Conducting additional canvasses in the area of where the incident occurred and revisiting all the people named in the investigation, generally leads to new names and additional avenues for exploration.

    2. Miranda Rights – the interview / interrogation of a suspect during a complex investigation such as a homicide case can be rather extensive and exceed over eight to twelve hours. The problems areas in the giving of Miranda are often associated to the time it was given and if it was given again succeeding an extensive break from the interrogation. Documentation of time is a key factor especially when there is a break in the interrogation. Usually; detention (cell) logs go unchecked to determine how many times the subject was removed from his cell to be questioned and did in fact the times of questioning coincide with the time Miranda was given, which can be easily back tracked to the times documented in the cell logs.

    3. Interviews and Interrogations- every agency has different protocols of conducting interviews and interrogations of suspects. Some agencies videotape an interrogation from the very beginning and others memorialize a final statement. In the case of memorializing a final statement; there usually is a non-taped session that can go on for numerous hours before the statement is videotaped. It is imperative to explore what transpired in those hours. Was the suspect under duress; are there any notes from interrogators and or other people who might of monitored the session; and if so, how many witnessed the session; were there sufficient breaks; was the suspect given food and water.

    4. Forensic Contamination - handling and the securement of forensic evidence is a constant occurrence and therefore the potential factor for contamination and improper securement resultant to regular exchange in the chain of custody can exist. One can arguably challenge any issues revealed in the chain of custody, providing said issues are discovered; which would require a systematic examination of reports from all the agencies that handled the item of evidence.

    5. Identification Proceedings – generally speaking; when closely examined, occasionally one might discover a number of issues with the way the identification proceedings were conducted. A common occurrence is that when a suspect has been identified by a witness via photo array (six individuals, including the suspect, depicted in a photo spread); often times there are limited statements associated with the proceeding in which the witness provides an account of events that transpired. The police generally document what the witness claimed he or she saw and the factual allegations at times are supplemented by police interpretations, which are paraphrased and subsequently overlooked. Another issue is that if the suspect is not known to the victim and or the witness; then a photo array without a follow up line up proceeding is inadmissible in court and therefore the identification can be suppressed. However; often enough, line-ups are done several weeks prior to trial, which is long after the crime occurred and therefore witnesses experience problems remembering a face, considering the fact that the line-up (should) consists of other individual who share similar physical characteristics to that of the suspect’s.

  2. Statement Analysis – a method of obtaining information and detecting deception through a process of examining a written statement. This procedure is also known as SCAN, which is an acronym for Scientific Content Analysis. The lead investigator obtained sophisticated training in reference to this skill from Laboratory of Scientific Interrogation (LSI) and has examined numerous written statements for several government agencies as well as for parties in the private sector.

  3. Criminal Investigations – although Major Case Investigations LLC is a private practice; it can and is very capable of investigating criminal cases when contracted to do so. Normally criminal investigations are conducted in conjunction with a law enforcement agency; however, there are exceptions under special circumstances.

  4. Consultations –Major Case Investigations LLC offers consultations on homicide investigations; including cold cases as well as other types of investigations. Our investigators can methodically reconstruct a case by examining key factors such as motive, victimology, and the offender’s method of operation (modus operandi / M.O.), which in turn will produce plausible information for the client, such as a profile for a likely suspect and a conceivable theory for a criminal scenario.

    General Investigations

  1. Pre-employment Screening and Background Check –a complete a background check consisting of a criminal history, address information, a canvass consisting of interviewing neighbors in addition to the references provided by a potential candidate, and verification of work history on the candidate can be made at the request of the client. Background checks can be conducted for other purposes as well, such as gathering intelligence on a particular target.

  2. Domestic Investigations – family related cases consist of matrimonial, infidelity, custodial issues, asset disclosures, and other personal matters that can be explored exhaustively to the client’s satisfaction.

  3. Missing Persons – investigative efforts consist of conducting canvasses in areas frequented by the subject, checking police records, last known addresses, background checks of the subject in question as well as associates, interviewing people associated to the subject, and utilizing other resources such as law enforcement when applicable to attain the objective.

  4. Surveillance – surveillance is always an option in any investigation when the need for it arises. Surveillance must have a productive purpose and a benefit to the client.

  5. Workman’s Compensation Cases – a comprehensive investigation will be conducted utilizing all the resources at our disposal to verify the validity of a claim. Common avenues of exploration consist of interviews of professional and personal people associated to the target, medical records, review of the claim report and the incident report (there is usually more than one report submitted by the employer), and surveillance when applicable.

  6. Fraud Investigations – general investigative efforts consist of backgrounds checks of individuals and businesses, exploration of records specific to the case (paper trail), asset searches, and other applicable methods based on the type of fraud committed.

  7. Corporate Investigations – consist of internal and or external investigations geared in protecting a corporation from liability, theft, loss, and damage, in addition to gathering valuable intelligence as it becomes applicable to do so.

  8. Undercover Operations –consist of gathering intelligence and securing evidence in a clandestine manner for the purpose of addressing and or obtaining a specified objective that a client might require.

  9. Scene Reconstruction –scene reconstruction consist of examining evidence, photographs, and documentation of an incident, in addition to surveying the actual scene when possible, for the purpose of re-establishing and validating the chain events that transpired during an occurence. Scene reconstructions are generally used in accident investigations and crime scene investigations.

  10. Service of Process ( process server) -notification of legal notice accomplished through the delivery of a court document or a series of court documents consisting of subpoenas, writs, summonses, complaints and or other court documents describing a legal action, by an individual who is not a party to the case. Major Case Investigations LLC provides this service at the request of the client and additionally can further the service in a case where a subject to be served needs to be identified and or located. A notarized affidavit of service will be provided with each Service of Process.

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