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Criminal Investigations


What is a Criminal Investigation?

A criminal investigation is an undertaking that seeks, collects, and gathers evidence that may be relevant in a criminal case. A criminal investigator looks for clues and evidence to determine whether a crime has taken place, and if so, the investigator will continue until he has answered: who committed the alleged crime, what exactly was done and how, when and where the crime occurred, and why. Law enforcement agencies have the primary responsibility to investigate crimes that are reported to them.

What is a Crime?


A crime is an action that is prohibited by rules and laws enacted by a duly appointed governmental body, i.e sexual assault, battery, murder, theft, vandalism, etc. Should all crimes be reported to law enforcement? The short answer is "Probably So", and for some circumstances and crimes, it is required by law to report it to law enforcement.  

Why Should I Use a Private Investigator?

When the circumstances do not require it to be initially reported to law enforcement, or when after the law enforcement agency has completed its investigation with unsuccessful results, a growing number of individuals and businesses are choosing to have the crime investigated privately. Below are some reasons why:

  • Private investigators operate within the law to find evidence for prosecution of the accused. 

  • Private investigators can gather evidence of wrongful conviction or accusation.

  • Despite their best efforts and their commitment to the criminal justice system, law enforcement investigators are often overwhelmed with heavy case loads, and are therefore unable to give adequate attention to your criminal case.

  • Law enforcement agencies can be too short on resources to conduct a proper investigation.

  • Motivated to meet the expectations of the client, exclusively dedicated private investigators are persistent in their pursuit for the answers.

  • Private investigators are not limited by the jurisdictional boundaries that can hamper law enforcement investigators.

What Kinds of Criminal Investigations Exist?


Types of Criminal Investigation:


What Happens With the Evidence?


Evidence comes in many forms, i.e. photographs, recorded and written statements, audio and video recordings, as well as physical evidence such as DNA evidence, trace evidence, fibers, ballistic evidence, etc. Midstate private investigators are experienced in locating, processing, and collecting evidence. Evidence collected by the private investigator is normally forwarded to the law enforcement agency and maintained there for trial purposes. The private investigator will prepare and retain a complete report of all evidence that he or she acquired, which will include a description of all evidence that was turned over to law enforcement. This report will become part of the investigator's case file that is turned over to the client.

How Reliable are Criminal Investigations?


Private investigators who specialize in criminal cases are highly trained and have the resources to a wide variety of tools that might not otherwise be available. These tools can include networks of investigators, surveillance, records checks, and other sources that can help them solve crimes. An investigator's experience allows him or her to know how to find the evidence that you are looking for and the best practices to perform their investigations effectively.


Private investigators adhere to laws and regulations that govern investigations to ensure that any information obtained is done so in a legal manner, and therefore admissible in a court of law. Private investigators can find useful evidence that others might overlook, or that others may believe to be insignificant. Motivated by their commitment to the client and the pursuit for answers, Midstate investigators will work hard to throughly investigate the criminal matter to completion.

Call Midstate Security and Investigations, LLC today for a free, no-obligation assessment of your needs.

When Do I Need a Criminal Investigator?

  • If law enforcement investigations produce little or no results


  • When you need evidence gathered for a criminal defense


  • To collect evidence for a criminal case


  • To find and interview other witnesses to a crime


  • To gather impartial facts about a crime


  • If you need surveillance or records searches to collect evidence for a criminal case

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