This is dangerous to the reputation of the investigator and agency, and more important - the client.
For that reason, we have created a resource to find vetted professional investigators in every state and internationally, and by specialization. You will find this, below, and in future newsletter throughout the year - Top Tip of 2019 for our PI Colleagues...
Dean was recently endorsed, and testified, as the only defense expert in a homicide trial in Colorado. This is uncommon, as most of the cases are dismissed or a favorable plea fitting the evidence reached.
"Dean A. Beers, CLI CCDI CFI-FTER, Associates in Forensic Investigations, LLC A Rocky Mountain West Agency.
Dean A. Beers will be expected to testify regarding the totality of the circumstances of the fatal or non-fatal event and the competency of the official investigation, with respect to death investigation protocol and standards."
Verdict and details of this expert endorsement involving sharp-force injuries and instruments to follow.
Since 2010, we have provided expert consultation on nearly 100 death and serious bodily injury cases (mostly criminal defense and for families with equivocal deaths). Of those criminal, 5% went to trial, and 95% are either dismissed or a more appropriate plea is offered after our report is submitted; one case to trial was guilty.
You can view some outcomes at www.DeathCaseReview.com/sample-cases.html, and contact us any time to review any of the number of previous cases which may be similar to your own.
The most important document the legal investigator, or expert, produces is their written report. Herein, ‘report’ refers to any written communication to the client. This report may be shared with clients, attorneys, insurances companies, judges, juries and even law enforcement. Just as the legal investigator reviews dozens of reports, so too will those same parties review the legal investigator’s report.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/fact-finding-investigations-report
Current information on our primary agency website for services, forms, and CVs.
-- About Us - www.DeathCaseReview.com/about-us.html
-- Our Services - www.DeathCaseReview.com/our-services.html
-- Dean's CV - http://dab-cv.DeathCaseReview.com
-- Karen's CV - http://ksb-cv.DeathCaseReview.com
-- Introducing Top Tip of 2019 for our PI Colleagues...
A resource for vetted professional investigators, networking and continuing education
-- Another Expert Witness Endorsement / Testimony for Dean in Criminal Defense / Death
-- New Commentary - Fact Finding Investigations - Report
-- Agency Information and Principal CVs
-- Commentary from the blog archives of AFI-LLC
- Expanded Expert Affiliations
- Personal Morals and Professional Ethics
- Necessity of Due Diligence Investigations
-- Book Available – ‘Death and Serious Bodily Injury Investigation for the Professional Investigator’
-- Case Studies from AFI-LLC
- NEW Motor Vehicle Collision (Legal Investigation)
- Suspicious Death - Independent Investigation (Expert Consultation)
-- Top Tip of 2019 for our PI Colleagues
-- Expert Affiliations
-- Tidbits From Our Profession – Association Conferences and Events
-- Associations and News
-- News From Our Profession
- The FBI Says Its Photo Analysis Is Scientific Evidence. Scientists Disagree
- 8 things our private investigators are not allowed to do
- Coming Soon to a Police Station Near You: The DNA ‘Magic Box’
- Google Earth – Another Unexpected Happenstance
- Rich Robertson – R3 Investigations (AZ)
- Terry Myer – Columbus Detective Agency (OH)
-- Legislative News You Can Use... from NCISS
- Hit the Hill Event
- Privacy Special Report
-- The Quint-Essential Qualities of a Professional Investigator
-- IN CLOSING...
Rocky Mountain West Agency owned by Dean A. Beers, CLI CCDI CFI-FTER and Karen S. Beers, BSW CCDI CFI-FTER.
We provide Expert Consultations and Legal Investigations of Personal Injury, Negligence & Death in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation. We are Subject Matter Experts in Equivocal Death Investigation and Analysis, Medicolegal Investigations of Death and Serious Bodily Injury.
Based in the Rocky Mountain West, we provide expert consultations nationally. Learn details at www.DeathCaseReview.com
Keep up with the current events of our agency and profession through our blog. Dating back to the fall of 2011, there are dozens of articles, tips and resources for professional investigators.
Expanded Expert Affiliations (02/05/2018)
Our agency is often turned to for experts in other forensic fields. Going into 2018, we have been working diligently to bring our clients and colleagues the best in their fields. We have known each expert personally and professionally extensively. This is not an exclusive list - or one of exclusion - they are our recommendations for those we take pleasure in having working relationships.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/expanded-expert-affiliations
Personal Morals and Professional Ethics (03/05/2018)
Personal Morals and Professional Ethics – what is the difference? We have written, and given presentations, extensively on professional ethics; including a free distance learning course on ethics in the relationship of the professional investigator and attorney client. One of the few times personal morals comes into the equation is when the issue of moral turpitude is raised – particularly in professional licensing. Moral turpitude refers to an act or behavior which violates the standards of the community. This is about professional investigations – not personal advocacy.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/personal-morals-and-professional-ethics
Necessity of Due Diligence Investigations (04/30/2018)
One of the most fundamental skills, and staple offering, of Professional Investigators is the Due Diligence Investigation. These types of investigations range from personal to business clients - and personal to business subjects. Not including business due diligence - such as IPO or merger projects - most investigators find themselves learning and being able to specialize in Individual Locates, Backgrounds, Assets & Liabilities, and Heirs for Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation. Like most of our colleagues, it is also how we started. These types of investigations not only cover the basic skills and resources, but are also a necessity in almost every type of investigation conducted. They are also specialties in themselves, and share common practices, resources and methodologies. Learn the basics of one - and you will know the basics for another.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/necessity-of-due-diligence-investigations
We believe that medicolegal investigation and consultation is a team effort. Stephen Cina MD and Harold Schueler PhD are our agency affiliated experts in our respective fields offering our clients comprehensive medicolegal services.
Dr. Cina, has returned to being based in Colorado, is the former Chief Medical Examiner of Cook County IL. and now provides contract and independent forensic autopsies and consultations. We trained under, and worked with Dr. Cina, since our positions as Deputy Coroners.
Dr. Schueler is now a profession at mid-Atlantic university, and is the former Chief Forensic Toxicologist of a large mid-Atlantic metropolitan area.
We are proud of our working relationship with Dr. Cina, since 2002 and Dr. Schueler since 2010. Contact our office to consult on medicolegal death and injury causation. The CVs of both Dr. Cina and Dr. Schueler are available by Contacting Us
Through our colleagues, we also offer direct referrals from our Affiliated Experts Referral Program! Each are available nationally.
- Forensic Nursing
- Forensic Photography
- Digital Forensics - Cell Phones
- Digital Forensics - Computers
- Digital Forensics - GPS / Vehicles
- Forensic Debugging / Technical Surveillance Countermeasures
- Use of Force
AFI-LLC is offering our latest - and very detailed book (over 200 pages) - on Investigating Death & Serious Bodily Injuries for civil or criminal cases, "Death and Serious Bodily Injury Investigation for the Professional Investigator" by Dean & Karen Beers.
Regularly for $95 plus shipping, save 25% - email us today and we'll ship your book tomorrow! Just $75 via PayPal.
This guide is over 200 pages and includes the core of our distance learning course manual. It includes over 20 additional forensic, death and serious bodily injury based articles. You will learn how to conduct death and SBI investigations to better advise your client, and prepare the case for expert consultation - and we are prepared to be your affiliated experts!
Contact us now - firstname.lastname@example.org for book and ordering details - or visit www.DeathandInjuryInvestigationGuide.com
We are often asked about the types of traumatic injury and death cases we review - from family equivocal deaths to civil and criminal cases for attorneys and investigators. Each month we will present two previous cases - of hundreds - with a variety of circumstances, evidence, and conclusions.
NEW Motor Vehicle Collision (Legal Investigation)
In October 2018 our agency was retained by the driver a vehicle struck by an oncoming pickup truck at municipal intersection controlled by traffic signals at all directions and left-turn lanes. The client was cited by the local police agency with failure to yield to oncoming traffic. The adverse driver was cited for failing to stop at a red light.
The client’s statement was that she driving westbound and stopped at a green light in the left-turn lane. When oncoming traffic was clear, she proceeded on a yellow light and was then struck about ¾ into completing her turn. She was not aware of the collision impact until after coming to a rest. She was transported by ambulance to the local hospital and contacted in the Emergency Room by the investigating police officer, where she was cited and informed the adverse driver was also cited. It should be noted, the citation was completed before the investigating officer contacted the client.
During the claim process, the adverse insurance determined fault was 50/50 and denied any claim, including the client’s vehicle, which was determined a total loss. We requested the usual official records, reports and 911 calls (no scene photographs were taken) for review. Our investigation uncovered several issues and discrepancies with the investigation. In fact, after review of the Traffic Accident Report, issued citations, and CAD, the investigating officer was inconsistent in his decision-making process and made three differing accounts of the same event.
In Colorado law, for left-turn car collisions, there is a presumption of fault to the turning driver. There is an exception to the “no fault” provision of a left-turn car accident which includes when the car traveling straight was traveling way over the speed limit or ran a red light [emphasis added].
After the presentation of our findings to the client’s insurance, it was determined the adverse driver was 100% at fault. Further, the adverse driver did not appear in municipal court for his summons and did not pay the assessed fine; this has resulted in a bench warrant for his arrest.
Additional legal remedies for personal injury and damages are continuing.
Suspicious Death - Independent Investigation (Expert Consultation)
Our agency was retained by a private investigator on behalf of the decedent’s family. The decedent was found by family members in his bed with a gunshot wound to the side of his head. A semi-automatic handgun was by his side. A roommate left that morning without seeing the decedent. There were no unusual circumstances reported of the prior evening. The official ruling was Suicide due to a single gunshot wound to the head.
Information for investigative review purposes was limited to scene photographs and statements from non-present family members and the roommate. This is usually insufficient to conduct an adequate Equivocal Death Investigation. As a subject matter expert on blood spatter and crime scenes, this agency was contacted to review the photographs and determine if a more comprehensive investigation should be conducted by the retained private investigator.
A review of the photographs revealed several important factors. The right hand of the decedent has blood spatter which is consistent with high velocity, such as would be expected in a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The quantity of blood is consistent, and not inordinate.
In addition, the magazine was found between the boxspring and mattress – not in the handgun. One bullet had been discharged and it was questioned if there was any plausible reason for the magazine to have been separated from the handgun. It was determined that this was as found by responding law enforcement. It is important to note that it is common for a firearm to be made ‘safe’, including removing the magazine and any live rounds of ammunition. It was determined that all evidence was photographed as found. The decedent was reported to have experience with firearms. It was considered that the decedent retrieved the handgun and placed the magazine in the location found, then presented himself in this final position with the intent to shoot himself. Also of consideration, it is not uncommon for an inexperienced person to incorrectly believe that a semi-automatic handgun is unloaded and safe when the magazine is ejected, then failing to check the chamber for a live round or to eject the same. The decedent may have had suicidal ideations and contemplated the same while incorrectly thinking he had made the handgun safe. This is still a suicide, although unintentional – his actions and motives are suicidal.
Independent investigation was provided as foundation for the primary investigation. Information was turned over to investigating officials for further consideration.
If you need to find assistance outside of your area, here are steps to take to find a vetted and reliable professional:
1. Don't throw your request for assistance out to unvetted groups in social media or generic listserves. Why trust your business and your client to the unknown? Its bad business. Sure, they're free - but you get what you pay for.
2. Reach out to someone you know and trust in the area.
3. Reach out to the state or specialty association - join them.
4. Reach out to a national association - NCISS and NALI vet their membership to be in compliance with licensing and ethics - join them.
5. If international, reach out to WAD (they also vet their membership to be in compliance with licensing and ethics) - join them.
6. Vet your decision, including through your associations network.
Its your reputation. We give preference to professionals supporting our profession and holding membership in their state associations, NCISS, NALI and WAD, and specialty associations such as CDITC - many of which are cross members - join them. Through our memberships we have a trusted network of thousands in almost every state and almost 100 countries. We have a very personal network of over 2000 PIs we personally know and trust. That happened through our interactions in associations who support and grow our profession.
Don't just join - be active! We are involved in every association we belong to - not just as members, but from committees to the board, and Karen is the Administrative Manager or Executive Director of two.
It comes with a cost - so does bad decisions. Here some of our memberships and recommendations, and members of these associations get preference for direct referrals - www.DeathCaseReview.com/Associations.
Do you have news of your associations and members to share? Please let us know!
An association events calendar and information is at www.nciss.org/event-calendar
Florida Association of Private Investigators (FAPI) Annual Litigator and Investigators Conference
02/21 to 02/23 - Altamonte Springs FL
Details at www.MyFAPI.org
World Association of Detectives (WAD) Midterm Meeting
03/21 to 03/23 – Honolulu HI
Details at www.WAD.net
Professional Association of Wisconsin Licensed Investigators (PAWLI) Annual Conference
03/29 to 03/30 – Wisconsin Rapids WI
Details at www.PAWLI.com
Florida Association of Licensed Investigators (FALI) Annual Conference
05/02-05/04 – Orlando FL
Details at www.FALI.org
Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado (PPIAC) Annual Conference
07/24-07/26 – Colorado Springs CO
Details at www.PPIAC.org
National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) Annual Meeting and Hit the Hill
04/29 to 05/01 – Washington DC
Details at www.nciss.org/facebook-event
Arrival - Sunday April 28th
Monday April 29th - Board Meeting, Annual Meeting, Elections, and Networking
Tuesday April 30th - HTH Appointments, and Networking
Wednesday May 1st - Training Seminars, President Award Luncheon, and New Board Meeting
(details in the information packet)
The venue is the Capital Skyline Hotel. There is no room attrition - the rate is $239 per night, with days available before and after the event.
There is a download link for a PDF packet of all the information at www.nciss.org/registration-hth - here you will register online or in the packet.
We are dedicated ambassadors to our profession and work within several associations with others to continually protect and improve our profession and resources, as well as networking and continuing education opportunities.
Professional Private investigations Association of Colorado (www.PPIAC.org) Monthly meetings, including a training speaker, are the first Wednesday of each month, usually in the Denver metro area. PPIAC continues to hold specialized training sessions for new and veteran investigators, and also specific to the new licensing program.
PPIAC has announced they will be hosting 2-3 one-day training events in 2019. The first will focus on the basics of investigations - from buisness components to the fundamentals. A second event will be advanced investigative topics and techniques. Interest and schedule permitting, a third even will continue the advanced session.
PPIAC has also announced their annual conference has moved from the fall to early summer to honor Private Investigators Day on July 24th. The event will begin with a pre-conference full day of OSINT with Cynthia Hetherington (separate registration and fee) on 07/24, followed by two days of seminar speakers and topics attendees have come to expect and commend of PPIAC - 07/25 to 07/26. Block your calendars now. The venue will be in beautiful Colorado Springs - a destination to plan a couple extra days of vacation!
National Association of Legal Investigators (www.NALI.com)
NALI is the premier association for legal investigators for civil plaintiff and criminal defense, and oversees the prestigious Certified Legal Investigator (CLI) program. Experience is required to join and all members are subject to a background check.
Legal Investigators working cases for civil plaintiff or criminal defense - join the National Association of Legal Investigators! (http://nalionline.org/become-a-member - please contact our office and use us as a reference on the application)
The current issue of NALI's official journal - The Legal Investigator - is now available online at www.nalionline.org/publications.htm
National Council of Investigation and Security Services (www.NCISS.org)
Each day we find an increasing number of problems confronting the orderly growth of our profession. These problems include, among others: overly restrictive legislation regarding training and standards, proliferation of legislation requiring local licensing, public misunderstanding and misinformation on the role and contribution of private investigators and security services, and an uninformed media. It is the role of NCISS to meet and solve these problems while seeking to uncover and recommend action on any hidden potential problems which may have an effect on our profession.
Karen is the NCISS Executive Director, and and oversees the day-to-day operations of the association and members, working closing with the Executive Committee and Board to advocate for the investigative and security professions.
The current issue of NCISS's official journal - Your Advocate - is available online at www.nciss.org/your-advocate
Special news and alerts are at www.nciss.org/important-nciss-news
World Association of Detectives (www.WAD.net)
W.A.D. is a global alliance of investigators and security professionals with origins dating back to 1921 and formalized in 1925. W.A.D. is the longest established and largest association of its kind in the world.
Karen is the W.A.D. Administrative Manager, and Dean is the Governor of the Americas (North, Central and South America). Together we work to further the mission of W.A.D. and provide resources to clients needing assistance in these regions.
The current issue of WAD's official newsletter - Beyond Global - is available online at www.wad.net/newsletters-beyond-global
Additional memberships include FALI, TALI and CALI state associations, as well as specialty specific national associations (see right sidebar). If your association has news, please send it to us for inclusion in our newsletter.
The FBI Says Its Photo Analysis Is Scientific Evidence. Scientists Disagree
The bureau’s image unit has linked defendants to crime photographs for decades using unproven techniques and baseless statistics. Studies have begun to raise doubts about the unit’s methods.
- continued at
8 things our private investigators are not allowed to do
PIs have the skills and know-how to solve the seemingly unsolvable, but there are limits to our superpowers. Just like you, we must stay within the law. And on top of that, we adhere to strict ethical guidelines.
Here are some of the cases that will never take from a client, and what our investigators not allowed to do in the line of duty – No, it’s not about the money, it’s about our moral responsibility.
- continued at https://verifypi.com/a-list-of-8-things-our-private-investigators-are-not-allowed-to-do/
Coming Soon to a Police Station Near You: The DNA ‘Magic Box’
They call it the “magic box.” Its trick is speedy, nearly automated processing of DNA. With Rapid DNA machines, genetic fingerprinting could become as routine as the old-fashioned kind. But forensic experts see a potential for misuse.
- continued at www.nytimes.com/2019/01/21/science/dna-crime-gene-technology.html
Google Earth – Another Unexpected Happenstance
Earlier this year we received a case to contact and interview witnesses to a fatal motor vehicle collision, which had taken place in rural Colorado, and on a busy state highway (busy being relative for the location). As this is still an active law enforcement investigation, photographs are not available, and the full investigation report is also not available. After interviewing one witness, we were able to determine a better location and used Google Earth to capture an aerial image of the area, and street views. When we sent the information to this witness, it was off by about a quarter mile. An important quarter mile. As he was also using Google Earth to find the correct location and send back correct images, he noted on the bottom of the screen the street images were captured just three days after the collision (about four months before we were assigned the case). He shared the captured GPS coordinates and we were able to get street level images of the scene ... complete with the markings and other artifacts from the collision and scene investigation. It was very helpful in having a better understanding of the scene and circumstances, which were different than the adverse driver - and investigating law enforcement officer - reported.
Rich Robertson – R3 Investigations (AZ)
NCISS member, and upcoming HTH speaker, Rich Robertson has been elected chairman of the Arizona Department of Public Safety's Private Investigator and Security Guard Hearing Board. Rich was appointed to the board by the DPS director in January 2016, to a five-year term. The seven-member board hears disciplinary and licensing matters that are appealed by applicants and registrants.
Terry Myer – Columbus Detective Agency (OH)
NCISS Board Chairman and Past President, Terry Myer, was re-appointed by Ohio governor John R. Kasich as a Member of the
Ohio Private Investigation and Security Services Commission for a new term, which expires in 2024.
Your next My007Spy purchase may help NCISS
Starting last month, My007Spy is offering a new discount code. Professional investigators will still save 10%. Now 5% of their purchase will be donated to NCISS by My007Spy!! We are strong supporters and believers in NCISS - National Council of Investigation & Security Services. If you use the below discount, for every order - it never expires - we will donate 5% to NCISS. Its a small amount, but adds up each month.
Don't forget - if you are not a member of NCISS, the reason you can use covert PI gear is because NCISS works daily to protect the interests of all PIs and security agencies nationwide. Visit www.nciss.org/join-nciss or contact us by email for more information.
Your NCISS Board has been hard at work over the last few months including over the holiday season. This upcoming year is going to be a tough year in Congress for our professions (investigators, security agencies, and process servers).
The new Congress, just sworn in on January 3rd, is already proving to be a significant challenge to investigators, security agencies, and process servers in 2019. Here is an update on the activity and outlook to date - https://conta.cc/2S1CyC8.
ANNUAL MEETING AND HIT THE HILL EVENT
This will be the most important Hit the Hill event in recent years - over a decade - as members volunteer from across the nation meet in Washington DC for the specific purpose of one-on-one appointments with the offices of our Senators and Representatives. In addition, this 3-day event is the NCISS Annual Meeting, including Awards and Elections, and also day of training seminars presented by members who are experts in their fields - also volunteering their time and expenses.
For registration and details, please visit www.NCISS.org
PRIVACY SPECIAL REPORT
As an Investigator, Security Agency, Process Server, or related professional… have you benefited from:
- Having access to driving records and motor vehicle information from your state DMV and private data providers?
- Having access to databases with permissible purposes under the GLBA?
- Having access to Social Security Numbers, Birthdates, Address History and other important information, including credit reports?
- Carry a firearm in the course of your professional duties?
- Having the ability to use a pretext for undercover operations, shopping services and other permissible purposes?
- Used the National Sex Offender Registry (Dru’s Law) for background investigations?
- Used GPS, drones and other modern technology in your investigations and security services?
How? Download and share this important Special Report from NCISS at www.nciss.org/Special-Report!
If you wonder what NCISS does for you, view NCISS as your insurance policy. You don’t make claims every day. When the big claim comes, and the upcoming privacy fight is that “claim,” you will want NCISS protecting you at every turn.
Please share with your colleagues - 2019 is going to be a challenging year for all of us.
PS - be sure to check past issues of the Your Advocate digital magazine at www.nciss.org/Your-Advocate
To stay current, please visit www.nciss.org/Important-NCISS-News
Skills Appropriate for the Assignment
Law firms and medical offices specialize - Professional Investigators also specialize. Their casework and continuing education should also be in your specialized areas.
Experience and Knowledge
Professional Investigators strive to maintain and further these. All professions have requirements of continuing education. The CLI and CCDI programs both require extensive compliance with continuing education.
Responsible and Ethical Conduct
Every component of the investigation has evidentiary considerations. Professional Investigators hold themselves to a higher standard and leaves no question as to the admissibility of their evidence. Information without ethics is not evidence.
Professional Investigators maintain communication with the attorney, client, witnesses, and other key persons in the investigation. Moreover, reports are the product of an organized investigation and should reflect the work product you expect.
Keyword - 'Professional'
Honesty, Integrity & Intelligence. These define Professional Investigators and gives you the confidence that your case is in competent and skilled hands.
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We provide investigations and consultations of any death or serious bodily injury case nationwide with the conveniences of modern technology and assistance of our local professional friends and colleagues.
In addition, we continue to provide Due Diligence Investigations of Individual Locates, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities, and Heirs / Relatives for your Civil, Criminal, Probate and Domestic Relations litigation. Additional information at www.DeathCaseReview.com/general-services.html
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