What is a criminal investigation?
A criminal investigation is an undertaking that seeks, collects, and gathers evidence of a crime for a case or specific purpose.
A criminal investigator looks for clues and evidence to determine whether a crime has taken place. If a crime has been committed, investigators may look into the background of the accused and try to uncover who committed the crime. Police agencies and law enforcement are committed to criminal investigations of every kind, but a growing number of individuals are choosing to launch their own criminal investigations with the help of licensed private investigators.
What is the criminal investigation process?
- Investigation: The investigation involves establishing that a crime was committed and whether an arrest should be pursued. After confirming the crime, the evidence is gathered and a suspect identified. If sufficient evidence is gathered, the suspect is arrested.
- Arrest: The suspect is apprehended.
- Court Proceedings: All the evidence gathered during the investigation is presented to the court and a decision is made in regards to punishment.
Why do I need a criminal investigator?
- They operate within the law to find evidence
- Criminal defense investigators can gather evidence of wrongful conviction or accusation
- Law enforcement investigators are often busy with other tasks
- Criminal investigation divisions can be too short on resources to conduct a proper investigation
- Exclusively dedicated criminal investigators are more persistent than law enforcement so they can provide better results
- Criminal investigators are not limited by jurisdiction
A crime is an intended action that is against the rules of law for a community. A criminal trial in which punishment is pursued by the government differs from a civil trial, which involves individuals debating their rights. Criminal cases, such as sexual assault, physical assault, murder, theft, property damage, and vandalism, would call for investigators to gather evidence so that charges could be made.
Types of Criminal Investigation
- Fraud investigations
- Crime scene investigations
- Sexual crime investigations
- Theft investigations
- Kidnapping investigations
- Assault investigations
- Homicide investigations
- Criminal defense investigations