I ask the right questions of the witnesses and the victims. I build the rapport with the person and start the questioning. I get the exact information the attorney needs for the defense.
Major mistakes defense teams make is waking a sleeping witness. When a witness or victim provides the police with a statement and that statement benefits the client, there is no reason to interview them again (in most cases). You almost always end up destroying that person's credibility and impeach them. Those witnesses are best ambushed while on the witness stand.
I always want to interview the accused which helps with thinking outside the box. Communication and trust is very important when gathering all the facts
I always conduct a criminal history on all players associated with the case. I check state and federal records to determine if any of the officers have been sued. If they have been, I contact those plaintiff's attorneys and get the inside information (depo transcripts).
I check with neighbors and determine a person's reputation and character in the neighborhood. I will attempt to gather any alcohol or drug abuse issue information about the witness/victim to be used to question their credibility.
A witness can't be interviewed unless you can find them!
I have learned how to find the missing witness. I have found over ten witnesses law enforcement placed in the witness relocation program (State & Federal). The most difficult locates are homeless people. My years on the streets of Los Angeles have taught me methods to increase the chances of locating a homeless witness.
Where do I start?
I go through the discovery and analyze it. I compare witness statements to officer observations, compare the evidence logged to the crime scene photos, determine if searches took place prior to the search warrant being issued, determine if the police came to an investigative conclusion prior to the knowing the facts, I visit the crime scene determine if witnesses could actually see from where they were at and look to see how cross-race identification affected the ID of the client. There is much more I look for in the discovery.
I write my reports precise and to the point. I include all the important information the attorney will need in making their legal decisions or developing a strategy. I do not litter my reports with useless information that does not add to the defense. I write my reports with a 1.5 space between each line, giving the attorney room to make notes between the lines. My report headings are clear with all the information easy to read. This includes the date, client's name, attorney name, my name, the witness's personal information. Simple and easy to understand.
I have testified in court over five hundred times. I have also testified as an expert witness many times. My court testimony includes State court, Federal court, and Military court.
I keep all my files in digital format for easy sharing with members of the defense team. Wherever I go, I have access to case files and all discovery provided to me. I am able to use various types of technology for live chats or video conferencing with my clients when needed. I have used recorded video conferences to interview witnesses and victims outside of the United States leading to saving money and helping with getting great case settlements.