Investigator and Attorney Timothy J. Richardson Shares Top Tips on Investigating

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Attorney Timothy J. Richardson, of The Law Offices of Timothy J. Richardson and Richardson Legal Investigations, shares his top tips and advantages for hiring an investigator, who is also an attorney.

Attorney Timothy J. Richardson

With my extensive trial experience, I have been able to assist attorneys establish the theory, and then direct the investigation to gather those facts to support it.

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Criminal defense attorney Timothy J. Richardson has tried over 75 cases before a jury, and has cross examined over 1000 witnesses. An attorney, who is also an investigator, will have knowledge of the law and will follow it. “By knowing, understanding and adhering to the law, I ensure that my client does not pay for my mistake,” said Richardson, who has been a licensed investigator for nearly thirty years. “When a law firm hires me, they are guaranteed that all evidence will be obtained lawfully.”

Timothy J. Richardson shares the top 3 advantages for hiring an attorney to investigate:

No 1. Interview witnesses based on how they will be cross examined at trial. As most evidence presented in court is “testimonial evidence,” law firms hire investigators to interview witnesses, often prior to filing a lawsuit to determine if the case is valid. “When I interview witnesses, I use a method called cognitive interviewing,” said Richardson. “Rather than asking the witness to describe what he saw and heard, cognitive interviewing involves having the witness close his eyes and focus on specific things. It does take longer, but the benefits are substantial. Cognitive interviewing has shown an increase of 45 percent in correct information retrieved.”

No 2. Assist in establishing the “theory of the case.” Everything attorneys do at trial is controlled by their theory of the case, and as a result, the entire investigation must be geared towards this. “With my extensive trial experience, I have been able to assist attorneys establish the theory, and then direct the investigation to gather those facts to support it,” said Richardson.    

No 3. To get the best, most personal, information about a person, dig deep when performing a background investigation and do a good old-fashioned garbage search. This can yield enormous amounts of information about a person. Legally, in California, for example, it can only be done after the trash container has been placed on the street for pick up. At that point, it is considered “abandoned.” Richardson said, “With a full month of trash collection I could almost write a biography on the person. The things I have found over the years include items like credit card bills, alcohol, which can tell you about someone’s drinking habits and evidence of illegal drug use. I also have found cotton swabs or Q-Tips which contain the person’s DNA, letters with return addresses revealing the identity and addresses of acquaintances, and the list goes on.”

Timothy J. Richardson’s law firm investigates for attorneys and law firms, or individuals who are likely to be involved in litigation.

About Timothy J. Richardson, The Law Offices of Timothy J. Richardson
Timothy J. Richardson focuses his practice on criminal defense. He has tried over 75 cases before a jury and successfully litigated hundreds of pre-trial motions, many of which have resulted in dismissal before trial. All cases at The Law Offices of Timothy J. Richardson are handled directly by Mr. Richardson, which ensures that no evidence is overlooked. For more information, please call 619-231-6577, or visit http://www.criminaldefenseinsandiego.com. The law office is located at 401 B Street, Suite 2215, San Diego, CA 92101.

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