Instrumental, case-breaking documentation
We were hired by an attorney representing a college student who was charged with sexual assault at a house located off campus. The details were initially murky. However, it was clear that the alleged assault occurred at a party the previous weekend attended by close to a hundred students. The defendant acknowledged having sex with the alleged victim after they walked upstairs to his room, but he said the sex was consensual.
Our investigation in this case—and particularly our well-written reports—was instrumental in the outcome of the case.
As soon as we were hired we went to the campus and began interviewing witnesses who had been present at the party. We interviewed many of the partygoers, most of whom did not notice anything unusual. However, some of them recalled seeing the defendant at various times throughout the evening, and a few even saw the defendant and the alleged victim together. Although nobody was present in the room when the sex occurred, one witness saw the two walking upstairs hand in hand. Others saw them dancing provocatively together. Another saw the alleged victim leave the room and reported that she did not appear to be upset.
Our investigator conducted over thirty interviews, preparing a meticulous report for each person, detailing what he or she witnessed, their contact information (to make them easier to locate later, should that be necessary), and what relation they had to the defendant or to the alleged victim. When the case went to trial almost a year later, the attorney was able to use the information contained in our reports to call witnesses to testify and to refresh their memories about what they previously told us.
Our investigation in this case—and particularly our well-written reports—was instrumental in the outcome of the case. The defendant was acquitted of all charges.