8 Ways to Use a Private Investigator in a White Collar Criminal Defense Case

By Brian Willingham

Guide to Hiring a Private Investigator

In July 2014, hedge fund billionaire Raj Rajaratnam’s younger brother was acquitted of insider trading charges, breaking a streak of 85 cases without a single defeat, making it quite clear that white collar criminal defense attorneys have an uphill battle.

Nobody likes losing.

Here are eight ways that a private investigator can help you come out as the winner in the battle.

Vetting Expert Witnesses

Expert witnesses can play a key role in the outcome of a white collar criminal defense case. There is nothing more exciting than punching holes in the background of a purported “expert.” There are a number of experts who have embellished and completely falsified professional and academic backgrounds – like the expert lip-reader with the fake degree.

Vetting the Defendant

Rest assured, the prosecutors are going to dig up every last detail they can about the defendant. It’s critical to get ahead in this game and gather as much intelligence as you can so you are not caught playing catch-up.

Vetting Key Cooperators

Because of the complexity of white collar criminal defense cases, government cooperators can play a critical role for the prosecution. Not-so-reliable cooperators or witnesses can be just the narrow opening you need to bring into question character, bias …read more

Source:: Pry-Eye