All professional investigations – from law enforcement to private, and from surveillance to criminal investigations (defense or prosecution) – have core skillsets:
- Report writing
Examples including locating individuals – which requires all three. If you can conduct individual locates, you can conduct background investigations. If you can do both of those, you can do assets and liabilities investigations. These are not only important skillsets, they are fundamental skillsets – which give the ability to conduct basic and fundamental investigations.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/fact-finding-investigations-inquire
In Dean’s book, ‘Practical Methods for Legal Investigations: Concepts and Protocols in Civil and Criminal Cases’ – (www.PracticalMethodsForLegalInvestigations.com) the process of legal investigation, including conducting these types of investigations, is Prepare, Inquire, Analyze, Document, and Report.
We have recently updated 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
-- New Commentary - Fact Finding Investigations - Inquire
-- Reminder: Updates to Agency Information and Principal CVs
-- Commentary from the blog archives of AFI-LLC
- Basics of Skip Tracing, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities
- Danger of PI Apps
- Investigating Without Playing into Drama
- Analyzing the Death and Investigation of Justice Antonin Scalia
-- Expert Affiliations - and NEW Expert Affiliations in Forensics
-- Book Available – ‘Death and Serious Bodily Injury Investigation for the Professional Investigator’
-- Case Studies from AFI-LLC
- Criminal Defense - Child Sex Assault (Legal Investigation)
- Suspicious Death - Independent Investigation (Expert Consultation)
-- Global Investigators Media Group (GIMG.tv) Facts & Forensics
-- Expert Affiliations
-- Tidbits From Our Profession – Association Conferences and Events
-- Associations and News
-- News From Our Profession
- Your next My007Spy purchase help NCISS
- Innocent Until Proven Guilty By The Accusation
- High School Girls Admitted to Making False Sexual Assault Accusations Against a Male Student Because They ‘Just Don’t Like Him’
- Honesty, Integrity and Intelligence
-- Legislative News You Can Use... from NCISS
- Latest "Your Advocate" - digital magazine available
- Important News updates online
- Recap from two important alerts in 2018
-- 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.
Basics of Skip Tracing, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities (04/29/2015)
We are excited to announce our next course is now live and available! Basics of Skip Tracing, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities! We are offering a LIMITED TIME 50% discount email our agency for the code - associates@DeathCaseReview.com! Visit our website to link to the discounted course at www.InvestigativeCourses.com
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/basics-of-skip-tracing-backgrounds-and-assets-liabilities
Danger of PI Apps (06/20/2015)
This commentary originates from an article sensationalizing the use of anonymous apps to hire who should be professional investigators. The time and space needed to address all the issues this app presents would be extensive, and perhaps for another time. For example, the article states, not simply implies, that licensed private investigators are creepy and the app title suggests licensed private investigators are untrustworthy. Both of which are simply false premises. We suspect the developer felt he paid too much for professional services, with results that were not as he expected. Although with the best of intentions, we have some specific concerns, from this article for both my profession and consumers.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/danger-of-pi-apps
Investigating Without Playing into Drama (07/14/2015)
As investigators we are surrounded by different types of drama. It might be cheating drama, murder drama, suicide drama, trial drama; insurance fraud drama and the list could go on and on. You, as an investigator understand the picture.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/investigating-without-playing-into-drama
Analyzing the Death and Investigation of Justice Antonin Scalia (02/22/2016)
With the recent death of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (02/13/2016), and the questions surrounding it, a real-world understanding of death investigations is needed. Death investigation is not limited to homicide investigations, and is best conducted by trained medicolegal death investigators overseen by a forensic pathologist. What makes us qualified to evaluate the death and investigation, as reported, of Justice Antonin Scalia? Below is a summary of our experience, with a detailed experience following this article.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/analyzing-the-death-and-investigation-of-justice-antonin-scalia
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, based in Colorado, is the former Chief Medical Examiner of Cook County IL. and now provides contract and independent forensic autopsies and consultations.
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
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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!
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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.
Criminal Defense - Child Sex Assault (Legal Investigation)
Our agency was retained by counsel on behalf of the defendant. In reviewing the available prosecution discovery, it was immediately determined that the official investigation was deficient and poorly conducted; it was incomplete.
The initial investigating officer followed procedure in taking the report and conducting initial interviews. He also contacted the on-call detective, who did not respond. A detective was assigned to the case after several days. Several key investigative opportunities were missed. These opportunities were neglected with charges brought forth by inconsistent statements of the victims and witnesses. Moreover, when the assigned detective did take a role, efforts were spent only on validating the initial officer’s findings, and not any independent investigation. It was only after the prosecutor’s office returned the case, requesting additional investigation, was this done. This renewed investigation was limited to second interviews with the reporting alleged victims, two persons not present at the reporting incident, and the uncharged suspect, who had retained an attorney. The detective did interview a person present at the reporting incident, and upon re-interview by our agency it was determined that his interview was inaccurately reported. Approximately one month after the reporting incident, a third child of the family was officially interviewed and determined to not be a witness or victim to any incident. Without contacting any other persons at the reporting incident, this case was again sent to the prosecutor’s office for filing of charges. Again, the case was returned for additional investigation. The detective conducted additional interviews and re-submitted the case, resulting in multiple charges of sexual assault on a child, approximately five months after the reporting incident.
Independent review of the prosecution’s discovery revealed multiple investigative errors and misinformation, including multiple differing accounts of the same alleged incidents. Independent investigation, including scene investigations not conducted by law enforcement, also revealed multiple areas of inaccurate and false information. Independent interviews of multiple witnesses not previously interviewed and additional witnesses supported information determined during the course of the independent investigation. A summary report was provided to the prosecutor approximately eight months after the reported incident and six months after charges were filed.
More than 18 months after the reported incident the prosecutor’s office dismissed all charges after re-interviewing the alleged victims.
Suspicious Death - Independent Investigation (Expert Consultation)
Our agency was retained by private counsel on behalf of the decedent’s family. The decedent was found by his wife, deceased on his bed. There were indications of a possible struggle. The official ruling was Accident due to blunt force injuries consequential to a fall while intoxicated.
Received and reviewed were the official reports, records and scene photographs, as well as statements from family members. There were no autopsy photographs available.
The decedent was found by an off-duty law enforcement officer. The decedent’s wife had been unable to reach him all day and called a friend, a local law enforcement officer, to check for her before she entered the home. This entry was reported to the dispatch office. There was no domestic history, medical history or contributing social history – such as depression or suicidal ideations – of any involved persons.
Review of the reports and photographs revealed that the body had not been moved prior to being found and had been deceased for several hours, including prior to his wife leaving for work. The previous night the decedent had been up drinking and would often sleep downstairs in a separate bed when similarly intoxicated. His wife had no reason to think differently this night. There were no wounds, offensive or defensive, on the decedent or wife. There was a small contusion on the decedent’s back, near his right shoulder. One area disturbance in the house was on the wall to the stairs leading down to the basement bedroom. This was a circular defect in the wall from an object impacting. It was opined after review that this may have been the decedent’s shoulder. Another area was a table on the stair landing, between the upper and lower floors. Items on top were disturbed. The pattern injury to the decedent’s back was consistent with the edge of the table. Toxicology was positive for alcohol, .202; no other substances. This level of intoxication is contributory to a high-level of disorientation.
Independent investigation concurred with the official investigation.
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- Desktop Texting - www.MySMS.com
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- Split View - www.SplitView.com
Be sure and also look for this article on this topic in The Legal Investigator, official journal of the National Association of Legal Investigators http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=495442!
Our continued apologies - due to our heavy schedule, we are behind on finishing the latest Facts & Forensics podcast. We will have this ready this month! Please visit www.GIMG.tv for a forensic investigation based article from us!
We are scheduled to return in January 2019 for the new year!
Do you have news of your associations and members to share? Please let us know!
There are no conferences for the balance of 2018. 2019 starts of with the National Association of Legal Investigators Mid-Term conference.
National Association of Legal Investigators
January 09-11 - San Marcos Resort, Chandler, AZ.
Details at https://NALIonline.org/events/mid-winter-conference-2019
Is your association planning a conference we can share? Email us the details - associates@DeathCaseReview.com!
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.
The annual elections are being held the first Wednesday of this month - look for details in our December newsletter!
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.
Your next My007Spy purchase help NCISS
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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.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty By The Accusation
by Dennis Root, Dennis Root Investigations (FL)
With today’s instant access to information, people appear to be innocent until proven guilty by the accusation. Masses of people in our country today do not wait to see or consider the facts supporting a claim. The mere act of making the accusation appears to prove the guilt of the accused.
One can define an accusation as “a charge of wrongdoing.” An accusation is also referred to as an allegation, which is an assertion made by a party in a legal proceeding, which the party then undertakes to prove.” The purpose of the charge is to bring to light a concern that must be subsequently supported by credible evidence obtained through a neutral fact-finding and fact-verifying investigation. It is important to recognize that what one person may accept as being the truth, another person may reject completely.
-- continued at www.DennisRoot.com/guilty-by-the-accusation/
High School Girls Admitted to Making False Sexual Assault Accusations Against a Male Student Because They ‘Just Don’t Like Him’
Seneca Valley School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is facing a lawsuit from a former male student who was forced out of school—and investigated for sexual assault—due to a series of false accusations made by female students. The girls—dubbed "mean girls" in the lawsuit, a reference to the 2004 Lindsay Lohan film—admitted on tape that they made up the assault story. One said, "I just don't like him" and "[I] would do anything to get him expelled," according to The Toronto Sun.
-- continued at https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/17/seneca-valley-mean-girls-false-sexual
Honesty, Integrity and Intelligence
Our agency is committed to defending the rights of all persons - and basing our investigations and reports to only the underlying facts and best evidence information. There is nothing personal, or political, in conducting professional investigations - ever. Unfortunately, we know some criminal defense investigators, who are otherwise active in the wrongfully accused roles - change their position when there are political or ideological undertones - then its guilty no matter the evidence or lack thereof.
Not in our lives, and not in our agency. All persons get the same magnifying glass examination of the information, facts, and evidence.
Recap of two key alerts from 2018:
In May, Lobbyit spoke with security service providers about Senator Toomey's Private Security Officer Screening Improvement Act (PSOSIA), met with Senator Toomey's office to discuss the bill, and met with Senate Judiciary Committee counsel in this same regard.
In the month of July, Lobbyit's work for NCISS focused primarily on sweeping data privacy legislation in the California legislature.
PS - be sure and catch the latest NCISS Your Advocate digital magazine at www.nciss.org/your-advocate-august-2018
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.
Specializes in the Expert Consultations and Legal Investigations of Personal Injuries, Negligence and Death in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation.
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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