Bad things happen to good people, Good people make bad choices, sometimes people are falsely accused. In all these cases there is more to the story than what is charged. A Private Investigator is a person who uncovers information and tests facts against the various narratives which are created when an event happens. They do this in an effort to discover the truth of the matter so that the attorney can present the client with a real plan and solution to the matter while setting realistic expectations. P.I.s can act as expert witnesses in fields they have experience in and can also provide evidence which may have been overlooked by law enforcement and could be exculpatory.
As a mitigation specialist, a Private Investigator guides the family and friends of the accused through gathering vital information regarding their life, education, work, community service, and others so that a report can be generated to, in essence, bring the client off paper and present their entire character to the court and prosecutor. This allows them to make sound decisions regarding the fate of the client and also legally allows them to offer a “better deal” even if the circumstances are the same as another who did not present mitigation.