Factual Investigation, Criminal, Civil
Private investigator factual investigation is talking to people, finding out information, locating witnesses, taking affidavits (statements), inspecting sites, recording images and video evidence of how a site or area of road is, at that time, interviews, locating and preserving evidence for court. When you need a factual investigator, phone 1300 966 103, email email@example.com or, for 24/7 inquiries, use our online form Contact Us.
Factual investigation is an element of all private investigations, criminal and civil, before a court or tribunal. Court briefs, or civil action plaints, are constructed of affidavits (statements) which, together, provide a framework of evidence on which a court or tribunal action is based. They must cover the elements of an offence, or support the claims in the plaint.
For criminal actions the level of proof, generally, set for the prosecution is beyond reasonable doubt. Where the onus of proof is reversed the prosecution must at least reach the lower bar of on the balance of probability, before this takes effect. Civil actions are decided on the balance of probability, the lower level of proof.
When a private investigator is addressing an investigation they must be aware of the level of proof required, what evidence has already been located, how the timeline fits, and as much relevant background as is available. Generally the closer to the event, the better the outcome, as memories are fresher, physical evidence may still exist, witnesses are more likely to be found, and a fuller picture can be presented. We have licensed, experienced, factual investigation private investigators, private detectives, including ex-police investigators.
Where allegations are made against a person, evidence that counters those allegations, if untrue, is sought. The honesty of the client is important at this point, a client who holds back is doing their own case harm. Criminal investigations require the co-operation of the complainant, and witnesses; this requires a deft touch when talking to witnesses.
Factual investigation is also used for divorce property settlement investigations, and child custody disputes. Federal court affidavits are gathered from people able to contribute information, to better inform the court when making a decision about parenting, or the division of assets. Private investigators are used for these matters.
Private investigator factual investigation is utilised for Workcover investigations, or traffic accident investigation. Within the police forces (services), historically, major accidents were investigated by detectives, prior to the formation of specialist squads, in recognition of the fact the factual investigation, and the logic required, is basically identical in most forms of investigation.
Where surveillance and factual investigation are both required, generally surveillance will be completed first, or contemporaneously, as factual investigation, an overt investigation, creates waves that may disturb the normal behaviour of people. Private investigations, such as a fraud investigation, are often a protracted factual investigation, following paper trails, and searching for links. When you need a factual investigation, be it a criminal or civil investigation, you need licensed, experienced, private investigators, contact us.