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Criminal Defense


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Criminal Defense


Criminal Defense

When someone is charged with a crime that they did not commit, it is imperative to begin a criminal defense investigation as soon as possible so as to protect that person’s rights, and to find and preserve critical evidence before it is too late.  When you are charged with a crime, the law presumes that you are innocent until proven guilty. But the prosecutors will do whatever is necessary to prove your guilt. The government will work side-by-side with the local law enforcement officials to use every available resource to get a conviction, and sometimes their aggressive approach results in an innocent person being wrongfully charged and convicted.  Whether you have just been arrested, you are a suspect in an ongoing investigation, or you have been wrongfully charged with a crime; why not have a trained investigator working for you.  Our investigators will aid the criminal defense attorney in all aspects of trial preparation, provide case file analysis, locate and interview witnesses, and provide courtroom testimony.

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Divorce


Divorce


DIVORCE/FIDELITY

Infidelity is common and is often the cause of the demise of a relationship. We understand that it’s a hard decision to hire a Private Investigator to check up on your loved one. There is nothing wrong with having the most important person in your life checked out. It is 100% legal. We are licensed to perform surveillance and will get you the facts. You owe it to yourself to find out the truth. If you have come this far, chances are your suspicions are correct. No one will ever know you hired us. We will work with you and/or your attorney. We will provide you with high quality pictures, high definition video, and a professional detailed report with minute-to-minute details.

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Surveillance


Surveillance


SURVEILLANCE

Surveillance is the close observation of a person, place, or object. It is the practice of watching a subject in order to document and identify any of the contact, interactions, or whereabouts of the subject in question.  Surveillance can be the most difficult part of any investigation but if done correctly it can produce some of the best evidence possible.  Our Investigators have trained with the top law enforcement agencies in the country and spent countless hours conducting surveillance on Criminal Street Gangs and Narcotics organizations in Nashville, Tn.  We will use up to date surveillance techniques to get our clients the evidence they need.

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Insurance Claims


Insurance Claims


INSURANCE CLAIMS

According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, an estimated $80 billion is paid out annually in fraudulent insurance claims.  The Cothran Group LLC will try to determine whether someone has filed a false insurance claim. There are many types of insurance investigations, including:

  • Car insurance fraud investigation. Some criminals stage accidents, in which they purposely collide with another car and then try to accuse the other driver of an accident in order to file claims. Some criminals attempt vehicle theft fraud, trying to get money for a car which was not, in fact, stolen. Insurance fraud investigators uncover these schemes.

  • Home insurance fraud investigation. In this type of insurance investigation, investigators discover disaster fraud, which includes false claims of damage. Investigators will often try to find out if the claimant has upgraded their coverage before the claim was filed. They also investigate property fraud to find evidence against those who make false claims about property damage.

  • Workers compensation fraud investigation. Insurance investigators work to find evidence of workers who claim compensation when not as injured as they report. Investigators will verify the severity of the injury and whether the injury occurred while the person was working.

  • Insurance company investigation. Investigators also work to uncover evidence of bad business practices at insurance companies. If an insurance company takes your money but does not compensate you as promised, a professional investigator can help you make your case in court.

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Background Checks


Background Checks


BACKGROUND CHECKS

  1. Employment: Standard package include national and county criminal checks, SSN/Identity verification, Sex Offender registry, conviction records, Probation records, and terrorist watch list. 

  2. Caregiver: Standard package include national and county criminal checks, SSN/Identity verification, Sex Offender registry, conviction records, Probation records, and terrorist watch list. 

  3. Tenant checks: Standard package include National eviction records, County, monetary judgements, property damage claims, ssn/identity verification, person search, and sex offender registry

  4. Volunteer: Standard package include national and county criminal checks, SSN/Identity verification, Sex Offender registry, conviction records, Probation records, and terrorist watch list

We also offer addition checks like employment and education verification, reference checks, motor vehicle records, and professional license verification.

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Child Custody


Child Custody


CHILD CUSTODY

Nothing could be more devastating than the thought of losing your child in a custody battle. Ideally, children would be blessed with two loving parents who provide safe, healthy, loving and stable homes, but this is not always the case. Under these circumstances, the child or children should remain in the custody of the more qualified parent.

If the parents are unable to reach an agreement as to whom that is, the court will decide custody matters based on what is in the “best Interest” of the child. However, with divorce proceedings on the rise, millions of children are trapped in legal battles the court system is ill-equipped to handle. As a result, children are being subjected to visitation or habitation with unfit parents at an equally alarming rate.

Child Custody/Visitation Investigations are undertaken to determine if the “Other” Parent is treating your child properly, ensuring their safety and protecting them from improper or dangerous environments or situations. In other words, are they fit and qualified for custody or visitation.

There are many factors the court will consider when making custodial decisions, they include:

  • Stability, health, lifestyle and schedules

  • Criminal Records and/or activity

  • Evidence of child abuse or neglect

  • Unfounded accusations of abuse or neglect by one parent about the other

  • History or complaints of violence against a parent

  • Evidence of Alcohol or drug abuse

  • Parenting skills

  • Means to provide food, shelter, and education for the child

  • Home environment

  • Morality of the parents

  • Emotional and physical health

  • Parents willingness to support the child’s relationship with the other parent

  • Abduction or abandonment of the child or other defiance of legal process

  • Care and affection shown to the child

  • Financial standing

  • Parents past and current conduct

  • Acceptability of parents associates


    Often times, an unfit parent will present themselves as a competent person when appearing before the court, cleverly concealing their unsuitable lifestyle. Typically under these circumstances, parental testimony is not enough to ensure the placement of your child in your custody.
    In a custody battle, it is your responsibility to provide proof of your allegations. For this reason, a qualified private investigator can be essential. A licensed private investigator’s findings, objective courtroom testimony and video documentation will always have more credence in court than a parent’s accusations.

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Other Investigative Areas


Other Investigative Areas


OTHER INVESTIGATIVE AREAS

  • Property crimes

  • Missing persons/runaways

  • Juvenile delinquency

  • Case File analysis

  • Employee Theft

  • Fraud

  • Suspicious Death 

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