As a part of the pretrial and post-trial processes, witness location and development is critical. Criminal defense, appeal and post-conviction attorneys are charged with the task of identifying “potential witnesses” and locating them and obtaining relevant information from them to assist in your legal defense.
In a vast majority of instances an individual has been wrongfully convicted it is because evidence in their cases wasn’t explored adequately. In these instances post-conviction litigants need witness locates, witness interviews, affidavits drafted, witness interviews recorded, etc.
If you are in need of help locating and/or interviewing witnesses, contact us we can assist you! We can help get you to a skilled licensed investigator capable of helping you develop and locate the following witnesses:
— Eye Witness
Eye witness testimony is a legal term that refers to an account given of an incident by an individual who has first-hand-knowledge of a crime and personally witnessed it occur. Eye witnesses identify the “perpetrator” and usually should be able to provide details of the crime such as description of the crime scene, time of incident, lighting, etc.
— Expert Witness
An expert witness may have no first-hand-knowledge of the alleged crime itself, however, experts are permitted by Judges in civil and criminal courts to provide “admissible opinion testimony” about a particular incident in dispute. Expert witness testimony creates another unique brand of evidence called “forensic evidence”.
— Fact Witness
A face witness is an “eye-witness” to an occurrence that has personal knowledge of the crime in question but may not have actually witnessed the actual crime (e.g., shooting, robbery, burglary, etc.)
— Predicate Witness
A predicate witness is an individual who does not have personal knowledge of the “facts of the case” but is necessary to establish the legal predicate (basis) or Foundation for the admissibility of evidence. For example, let’s take a hospital medical records pertaining to an alleged homicide victim that may or may not have died of natural causes. Such records are exempt under the “business records exemption” to the Hearsay Evidence Rule.
— Character Witness
A character witness may be called to attest to an “admissible” character trait of the defendant or to testify to another witness’s credibility/character. Character witnesses do not usually have personal knowledge of the “facts of the case”, nevertheless, they can be very valuable witnesses in determining guilt or innocence, or in assessing punishment
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