Yorkey Investigations – Evidence
J.D. Morton provided us with a wealth of information in his book entitled "Evidence in Criminal Cases, A Basic Guide".
Professor Morton describes three basic areas namely,
- rules relating to the admissibility of evidence,
- rules relating to proof and
- rules relating to court decisions.
Our world has become a great deal more complicated since the publication of Professor Morton's guide in 1961.
We only need to look at one factor; the privacy laws, to understand the complexity of the rules governing the collection of evidence. The basic rules discussed in Professor Morton's guide entail certain other concepts such as proof, continuity,credibility and control.
We go to great lengths to ensure the evidence we collect will have the integrity you require. We will attempt to collect one or more of three types of evidence while conducting an investigation on your behalf as listed below.
- Oral or testimonial evidence that is gathered by statements given from witnesses.
- Real evidence, such as photographs, exhibits such as DNA, fingerprints, video and other material evidence that link or discredit a link between the incident and defendant or the accused.
- Documentary evidence, the paperwork that proves a connection in a material sense. Direct evidence is based on what a witness observed and circumstantial evidence is based on observation but not by the person accounting for the incident. The weakness with this evidence is that, unless it is supported by material evidence it is considered otherwise to be hearsay evidence. It is this type of evidence that may cause you to hire a private investigator to develop proof and a connection of the circumstantial evidence to material evidence or corroborate that evidence with other supportive evidence.