Criminal Defense Investigations
GFI can help build a solid case to help you and your defendant through:
- Investigation of the incident
- Trial preparation
- Locating and interviewing witnesses
- Crime scene reconstruction
- Forensic analysis of evidence
- Attacking improper/illegal police procedures
- Expert witnesses
INNOCENT until proven guilty or GUILTY until proven innocent?
Presumption of innocence is a legal right. No person shall be considered guilty until finally convicted by a court. In a criminal trial, the burden of proof is on the government. Defendants do not have to prove their innocence. Instead, the government must provide evidence to convince the jury of the defendant’s guilt. The standard of proof in a criminal trial is proof “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which means the evidence must be so strong that there is no reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. Too often, defendants are convicted for crimes they did not commit. This is a travesty of justice. Unfortunately, every person that enters our judicial system is a potential victim of that system. Don’t be that victim!
Mark Gillespie is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association (TCDLA) and also conducts criminal defense investigations for the Travis County Court Appointed Private Defender Service (CAPDS) (www.capds.org)