The Power Of The Lawyers Admonition

It is unfortunate that many people don’t think much of lawyers and their duties in the society. Lawyers however personify the highest level of authority in any country, state or community.

The law affects every strata of every society and is binding on all who live within that society; it dictates what norms are acceptable or unacceptable to all indigenes, and surpasses the will or directive of any one person or group in that social order.

Lawyers study this law; they raise and answer vital questions that concern all the people in that society, involving matters like fairness, equality, and justice. They represent citizens in the face of the law, they look for issues that the law may not have addressed in detail and find ways to use it to your advantage.

How can you not appreciate lawyers? How can you not hold them in reverence?

Due to the years that they have spent studying the different facets of the law, writing examinations, and passing through the bar to obtain the license to practice, their knowledge of the law and justice is formidable to the point of being downright frightening.

When a lawyer speaks, the words are weighed with meaning and backed by the Constitution; the same Constitution by which everyone is bound. This alone is reason enough to seek them when in need of answers to anything pertaining to the law.

The admonition of a lawyer is tantamount to the law in itself, because the lawyer takes the time to go into the legal details and most, if not all that is written about that matter. They have an understanding of these matters that you as a layman does not. Therefore they reserve the right to your respect. If anything, you are even expected to consult them as often as you can so that you do not make a mistake with the handling of the law that you may later feel sorry about.

Let’s Kill All the Lawyers? Private Investigators and Lawyers Working Together

In Shakespeare’s ”Henry VI,” Part II, Act IV one of the characters famously states: ”Let’s kill all the lawyers.” This sentence is often misinterpreted. I have seen it quoted as an indication that lawyers are for example not to be trusted or only after money, or unethical or corrupt.

Shakespeare’s exact line ”The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,” was actually said by Dick the Butcher. Dick the Butcher was a follower of the rebel Jack Cade, who thought that if he disturbed law and order, he could become king.

Seen this way Shakespeare was actually illustrating a positive view of lawyers – they instill justice in society.

In our line of work lawyers and private investigators often collaborate. Despite being proficient and trained in our respective professions, we cannot function entirely on our own. We require the assistance of others. This might include professionals within our field of specialization or individuals from other professions. Lawyers and private investigators share such a mutually beneficial relationship.

Although a lawyer has several skills, resources and techniques at his disposal, working with a resourceful private investigator can make the difference to how and how soon he or she is able to crack a case.

Listed below are a few reasons why a private investigator can be a lawyer’s best friend.

1. Interviewing witnesses –

Provided with police reports and other necessary documents, a private investigator does his best to locate all possible witnesses and thereafter interviews each one of them. A witness is not legally bound to talk to you or provide answers to your questions. Most of them detest lawyers and try to stay away from them. A Private investigator, with his persuasive manner, gets around witnesses and secures the desired information.

2. Locating witnesses –

Often prosecutors and the police tend to overlook potential witnesses because the process is tedious and time consuming. A private investigator scours the place or case for additional witnesses and thereby unearths facts previously unknown to the lawyer, prosecutor or police. A private investigator does not only help locate witnesses but also relatives and friends involved in a case for an example an heir.

3. Conducting a thread-bare analysis of recorded statements –

After recording statements by witnesses, PIs sit down to compare and contrast these statements recorded by witnesses. They analyze the recorded statements in order to judge the integrity of the witness in question. A detailed scrutiny of the recorded statements helps them catch flaws and areas for exploitation.

4. Tracing assets –

Private investigators can help in tracing lost, hidden or robbed assets on behalf of an attorney associate for his customers. Assets include locating real estate property, vehicles, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, artwork and important documents. PIs also help in locating illegal off shore and domestic bank accounts. They also monitor trademark and intellectual property goods for counterfeiting and improper diversion.

5. Reviewing crime scenes –

The facts are the meat of any case; it can make or break it. Often, lawyers observe that there are discrepancies in the reports at different levels. These differences make it difficult to proceed with the case. Instead of depending on the reports created by the officer-in-charge, a lawyer can hire a private investigator to go review the crime scene. Many PIs are trained in police procedures and can attend crime scenes to make sketches, take pictures and notes, videotaping and the likes. These details might seem minor, but they are crucial because they reveal inconsistencies.

6. Recovering electronic evidence –

In our age of computers and technology, looking up diary entries and letters to clues does not suffice. Private and confidential information is stored in password -protected files on computers. A Private investigator is trained in the skill of securing electronic documents including email correspondence as well as deleted files and messages.

Above all, by outsourcing tedious and time-consuming tasks to a qualified professional investigator, you have more time to strengthen your case from the legal angle. Investigating, interviewing and documenting might take up hours for you, but for them it’s easy. So, capitalize on their expertise and come out looking good.

Keep Your Kid Safe On The Internet! Law Enforcement Agencies And Citizen Groups

I have already submitted a couple of articles about the dangers the internet holds for children. My next series of articles will be about the various citizen groups and law enforcement agencies that work to deter or stop predators and keep children safe online.

The first group I want to cover is a group called Perverted Justice. Their “nickname”, or what they are also known as is PeeJ. Perverted Justice is a citizen group that was set up for the purpose of identifying adults willing to have chat room sexual encounters with minors. Millions of Americans have seen this group in action during the operation series called “To Catch a Predator” that Dateline NBC carried out on the air.

The people who make up Perverted Justice are volunteers. These volunteers carry out sting operations, using “young” sounding screen names, such as sara_so_bored. They then wait for older men to approach them in chatrooms. The volunteers of PeeJ do not make the first contact with the adults, but instead wait to be approached.

Once the men approach the volunteer (who they think is a young teen girl or boy), the volunteer works to get identifying information from the men; information such as a phone number. This information is usually given during talk about setting up an offline meeting with the perceived minor. The PeeJ volunteer then uses a Reverse Look Up service to find out the name of the person who owns the telephone number, and passes the information on to law enforcement.

Perverted Justice was started in 2002 by Xavier Von Erck of Portland Oregon, who got the idea after watching men attempt to woo young girls in chatrooms in Oregon. Von Erck says that PeeJ is a computer watchdog agency that works closely with law enforcement. During the ‘To Catch a Predator’ stings put on by Dateline NBC, Perverted Justice was actually temporarily deputized by law enforcement, since some of the operation was required by law to have been carried out by members of law enforcement.

Von Erck goes on to say that “The media likes to use the term vigilante because it gets attention, but we don’t consider ourselves vigilantes. We cultivate cooperation with police and work within the law to get justice, not outside of the law.”

Perverted Justice’s volunteers act as bait in chatrooms where children and minors can often be found. The profiles the volunteers set up have youthful sounding nicknames and often pictures of children. The volunteers do not initiate contact with the men, but instead wait for the men to first come to them. They refuse to act on tips from internet users, to avoid the risk that someone might use the website for purposes of revenge.

If a man starts chatting with the volunteer and turns the conversation toward sex, the volunteer attempts to obtain identifying information from the man; information such as a telephone number so that a “meeting can be arranged”.

In years past, the chatlog and details would then be published on Perverted Justice’s website. However, beginning in 2003, the organization began its “Information First” program, in which interested police departments could contact Perverted Justice, and any busts made within the jurisdiction of that department would be sent to them without having been posted to the website.

In the early days, PeeJ did not initiate contact with the police, due to the difficulty of prosecuting online criminals in a court of law. Because the law has evolved in such a way that law enforcement now CAN and regularly DOES prosecute online criminals, PeeJ has switched to a policy of cold calling local police with the information they obtained. If a one of the government agencies is interested (police, FBI, military CID, etc.) then the chatlog and other information is not posted to the site until after a conviction has been reached.

To date, Perverted Justice has been responsible for over 100 convictions of online predators. Some of those convictions were witnessed by television-watching Americans, glued to their T.V. screens during the airing of Dateline NBC’s To Catch a Predator series. One of these “public convictions” was a rabbi, who entered a home with the intention of having sexual relations with a minor boy. The “candid-camera” photograph of this rabbi as he was caught by Dateline NBC is posted on my website, which is dedicated to keeping kids safe online.

My website is interactive and includes a place for parents, educators, and interested parties to post methods of keeping kids safe online, as well as a message board where people can chat about online safety and what can be done. I have a page that shows Internet Safety in the news, as well as a page dedicated to educating parents on what can be done to “keep your kid safe on the internet”. Everyone is welcome.