Here are the stats for 2014 for Cheating spouse we caught.
Women - 14
Total - 31
Here are the stats for 2014 for Cheating spouse we caught.
Women - 14
Total - 31
During the month of July we had a record number of cheating spouses. We caught a total of 9 cheating spouses. Five were husbands and four were wives. What makes this so significant is during the week of July 21 we caught 7 of them. That is the most cheating spouses we have caught in one week since we have been in business for the past 18 years. This included a minister who was having an affair with a member of his congregation and she was married also. This same week we caught a wife at a local motel with her boyfriend, who turned out to be a local attorney here in metro Atlanta. He was also married. Right after that busy week, a husband left town as soon as his wife left with the kids to visit her family out of state. He went to Charleston, SC. Guess what? He met his grilfriend there and they had a good time for the weekend. Only problem is the girlfriend was a VP for a company back in Atlanta and she was married too. Can't wait to see what August brings
In july we were contacted by a national trucking company that had a hub in Macon, GA. They believed they had discovered an internal theft ring with some of their drivers, which involved diesel fuel theft. After they conducted an audit comparing the fuel purchases to the mileage, they identified over a half a million dollar shorage in fuel. They contacted us after viewing our web site. They asked us for suggestions and what we could do to help them identify the drivers involved. They said they had narrowed it down to maybe four drivers, but were not really sure how many were involved. They knew the missing fuel was occuring at a truck stop in Byron, GA just off I-75. This truck stop was where most of the drivers fueled their trucks and it was not far from the Macon hub. We went down there on a Saturday afternoon and checked the truck stop out. We were asked to video tape every truck belonging to this company while they were getting fuel. We were scheduled to start on Sunday morning at 3 am. We went out around midnight just to check things out and see how busy they were at that time. While we were there one of the company trucks came in for fuel. We started getting video of the activity and BINGO, we caught our first thief. He pulled up to the fuel pump, ran his credit card through the machine and then only put a few gallons of fuel in his truck. He then pulled his truck up a few feet and another truck (Independent Trucker) pulled in behind him and put fuel in his truck on the same credit card transaction. We conducted video surveillance for the next several days and identified a second driver and his accomplice. Needless to say the client was very pleased with the results. After obtaining all the documentation we needed, we received authorization from the president to conduct interviews with the drivers. The follwoing Saturday morning we were at the Macon hub waiting for each driver to return from a trip he had made. Within 10 minutes after each interview began, each driver confessed to the thefts. They also identified their partners in crime and the length of time they had been stealing from the company. They were fired and our report, video and taped confessions were turned over to local law enforcement.
This was a very good year for Southern Professional Investigations. On the domestic investigation side we caught 33 cheating spouses for the year;18 men and 15 women. On the women's side three of those were found to be in a lesbian relationship.
We conducted several internal investigations for law enforcement agencies. The most significant was at the Columbus Police Department, where a police office made allegations against the Chief of Police of making derogatory racial comments. After a exhaustive investigation which included numerous interviews and a polygraph exam, the Chief was cleared of all the allegations and the accusing officer was fired.
Apparently the word is getting around about our services we offer on Criminal Defense cases. Those request have really increased the past year and it appears it is all due to word of mouth between attorneys. With our background in working criminal investigations while with the GBI and the skills developed more and more attorneys are calling on our services. I even had one attorney tell me the past week after using us, that he will never use anyone else but us in the future.
Our investigative business has increased so much that we have had to stop doing process service. We are putting all our emphasis on the investigative side.
Mike continues to teach at the Police Training Center in Forsyth, GA. He instructs on Interviews and Interrogations and then a specialized course in Statement Analysis. This spring he will be teaching Statement Analysis to other private investigators in Georgia at the annual spring training conference for the Georgia Professional Private Investigators Association.
A few months ago I was contacted by criminal defense attorney Barry Gibson. He requested my services on a rape case he was defending that was in the metro Atlanta area. I went and met with the young man and interviewed him for about two hours. I came away from the meeting believing two things. One, sexual intercourse had been attempted and the police did a very sloppy investigation. The young man was adamant that he and the girl had agreed to "hook up" and she knew exactly what was going to occur. He and the girl had been friends for years, in fact since they had been in elementary school together. They had lost contact with each other for several years and then last year she had made contact with him through Facebook. After that initial contact, they messaged each other off and on for several weeks. She was currently attending college in Alabama and he was back home working after spending a few years in the military. They agreed to go out when the girl came home for a weekend. She came home one weekend, but the young man had left his cell phone in his Uncles truck and she was unable to contact him. Now the case gets interesting. The young lady contacts the man via Facebook and he responds apologizing for not having his phone. She tells him she understands and ask if he still wants to hook up. He told her yes. She said she would get with him on the next weekend she came home. A few days before the "Big Weekend" she sends him a message via Facebook and told him she would be in town the next weekend. They agree to meet up. On that Friday evening he gets off work and goes by and picks her up. The young lady gives two different accounts of what appends next. First she said they went out to dinner and then stopped at a liquor store aftewards and then went and checked into a motel. She claims she was completely suprised with going to the motel. She says she told the young man don't expect anything and all they would do is talk and watch TV. The young man says that after picking the young lady up, they went and got a motel room first. They then went out to dinner and then stopped at a liquor store on the way back to the room. There they drank and did watch some TV. The couple engaged in kissing and fondling and some oral sex. According to the man, the girl was on top of him when all of a sudden she bites him very hard on his shoulder (he still has the bite mark to prove this). It startles him and said that it was very painful. He threw her off of him and she fell to the floor. He began yelling at her asking why she bit him. At this time she begins to scream for help. The police are called to the motel and the man is arrested. Now here is where the investigation gets "sloppy". No investigators or detectives were called to the scene. Uniform officers handled the entire investigation.The girl gave an oral statement and based on that the man was arrested and taken away to jail. The girl supposedly told the police that she had told him not to expect sex if they went to the motel. She said she tried to push him away, but he was persistent. She did say there had been no penetration. Here is where mistakes were made during the crime scene processing. Even though there was no penetration, the police should have seized the bed sheets and the girls clothing for lab analysis for trace evidence such as pubic hairs from the man and any seaman on the sheets and/or clothing. After the girl gets to the police department, the girl is handed a blank piece of paper and told to write out her statement. No detailed questions to clear up discrepancies in her statement. I think the police feel like they have an open and shut case.
The young man remains in jail for several months and then his mother is able to get him out on bond. The defense attorney then provided me with the discovery material that is required to be turned over by the DA's office. This consisted of photos and witness statements and the oral and written statements of the girl. They also provided the cell phone records that had been subpoenaed to show the contact between the young man and young lady. The Facebook accounts of both of them were also provided. I sat down and went over the cell phone records for over an hour and did not see any indication of contact via text or calls between the two. I knew this could not be true and then looked even deeper and found the authorities had transposed two of the numbers in the girls cell phone number and the records were not associated with her phone but with someone not even remotely connected to this case. Then I began to examine the Facebook documents. I first looked at the young man's post and messages. and did not find any communication between the two. She was not even listed as a friend. I contacted him and started naming off some of his friends he had listed and he said he had never heard of them. Looking deeper, authorities had subpoenaed the wrong account. It was his name, but a different person who lives in the state of Louisiana. I then examined her Facebook records. Three days before the "rape" I find a message where the girl and sent the man the following "Sorry I missed you the past weekend, hope we can try to meet up again when IM home." He responded he was sorry too, but had left his phone in his Uncle's car and that is why she couldn't get in touch with him. She then asked him if he wanted to try to get together the next weekend she is in town and he said yes. She then ask him "DO YOU WANT ME TO SPEND THE NIGHT WITH YOU?" I was floored when I saw that. That does not sound like a woman who did not anticipate having a sexual encounter and was just going to the motel to watch TV and talk. In fact, IM not sure the police had even looked at these records and were unaware of them or they would have gone back to the girl and questioned her about that message.
The young man gets to court a few days ago and the DA'S office is expecting him to enter a guilty plea. Boy were they suprised. He refused. The DA's office finally agreed to let him plea to false imprisonment under the First Offender Act and all other charges were dropped. He was sentenced to time already served and walked out of the courthouse a free man.
If the police and attorney's had taken the time to review their own records they had subpoenaed this case should never have gotten this far. In my opinion this was a very sloppy investigation due to uniform officers that had not been trained to investigate these serious cases. In addition, I see more and more investigations where just enough is done to make a case, but no more. No in depth investigation or follow up. No items were submitted to the crime lab for analysis. It was either sloppy work, untrained officers, just doing enough to get by or a combination of all three. IM just glad I was able to help this young man get his day in court and the TRUE facts came out.
Recently we have had several of our client's call us and stating that their spouse accused them of physical violence and the police were called to the residence. In one incident that took place this week, the client and his wife got into an argument, after the husband accused her of having an affair. She became very angry and accused him of striking her in the face. She summoned the local police and thankfully they asked the 12 year old son if he had seen the incident and the boy told the police that his father had not struck his mother. The police filled out an incident report and left without arresting our client. Another case last year, we had already caught the wife cheating, and the husband had filed for divorce. She claimed the husband pushed her down the stairs and she called the police. Again there were no bruises or abrasions on the wife to indicate she had fallen down the stairs. One of the children present told the police that she did not fall down the stairs, but only claimed it to try and get the husband arrested.
We cannot emphasize enough that confronting your spouse about cheating is a wasted effort. They will deny it no matter what you say. Do you really think they are going to admit to adultery, which will then make them look like the "bad guy" to their children, family and friends? We advise our clients to avoid a confrontation if at all possible. Nothing will be solved by getting in a heated argument about infidelity. If the spouse suspects they have been caught and especially if it is the wife, if she resorts to try and discredit the husband, she will use the accusation of physical violence towards her. She will try to have him arrested. This accomplishes several things. One, it gets him out of the house and taken to jail. It makes him look like the bad guy in this case, even though she may have been the one cheating. Now the husband is trying to protect himself from a criminal conviction and trying to prove his wife was cheating on him at the same time. It is a no win situation. Don’t get me wrong, we know there are some husbands that do relate to physical violence in these situations and we do not excuse or condone it. If they do this, then they should be arrested. However, we do not accept the fact that in today's society, most of the time law enforcement is going to error on the side of caution and arrest the husband if there is any evidence of possible physical abuse. We encourage our clients, both husband and/or wife to never be alone with the other. Make sure another person is present so it will tend to calm the situation down and also provide a witness if there is or is not any violence. Also we encourage our clients to purchase a small digital recorder and keep it with them at all times. If an argument looks like it is going to develop, turn the recorder on so you will have a recording of the conversation. Sometimes the spouse will try to entice the other one into an argument in hopes they will lose their temper and say or do something stupid. If things look like they are going to get heated, just walk away. Walk around the block or leave for a short time and cool off. Please, please don't get involved in a physical altercation with your spouse. It is not worth it and you will end up on the losing end.
We recently were hired by a client who had a rape charge hanging over his head for the past 7 years. After reviewing the police report, it was determined that a sloppy investigation was conducted and several important witnesses were not interviewed. We believe this was overlooked due to either incompetence on the investigators part or she just didn't know how to work these type of cases. A few witnesses were interviewed which indicated the investigator would have known the alleged victim was not being truthful and the case should have never been made. As of Monday after the attorneys reviewed our findings, they went to the District Attorney's office and a motion was drawn asking the court to dismiss the charges against our client.
As of November 19, 2013 Southern Professional Investigations has caught 32 cheating spouses for the year. Cheating husbands are a little ahead with 18 and cheating wives at 14. This has been a very busy year on the domestic investigations and we have broken our past record of last year which was 27. The year is not over yet and we are currently working on several active investigations which should increase that total number by the end of December.
Because of our fantastic results, we have been contacted by several attorneys in the metro Atlanta, GA area asking for our assistance. The first thing each of them tell us is that they are very impressed by the work we do and our professionalism. We strive to give the client a quality product for a fair price.
If you are considering hiring a private investigator to assist you in an important matter, you should not rush into your decision. Do your research! Ask how long the investigator has been in business. What is their background and experience. Do they have references. What type of investigations do they specialize in. This is a good starting point. Some other things I would suggest, is meet the investigator face to face. How does he present himself; confident, knowledgeable, willing to answer questions? With the economy the way it is today, you have to make sure you are hiring a experienced investigator and not someone who had dreams of becoming a "PI" and started their business one day after passing the private investigators course and is now officially a PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. One of the most important things you can do is go online to the Georgia Secretary of States web page. Click on Private investigator and look up the company you are considering to hire. Check and see if they have had any complaints filed against them. Or you can call the licensing board and request the information. I think you will be surprised what you may find. Private investigation is more than just sitting down the street in your vehicle waiting for your target to leave the house and then you follow them. I assure you that conducting mobile surveillance is very difficult and takes years to develop the skills to follow someone without being detected or losing the target. Also an investigator has to have "People Skills". He/she needs to know how to talk with people. They need to know how to conduct an interview and ask the right questions. They also need to know the difference between an interview and an interrogation. A good investigator has to have the ability to lead the interview in the direction he wants it to go and to obtain the information needed. If the subject begins to be untruthful the investigator has to be able to pick up on that. An investigator has to react quickly to these circumstances. There are several so called investigators out there that want to carry a badge and gun and bring attention to themselves. "Look at me. I am a PI." If that is their attitude run, don't walk. A good experienced investigator remains calm and is in control. Most of the time when an investigation is conducted that requires surveillance, an investigator should be able to "get in" obtain the video or whatever evidence they are trying to obtain, and then get out, without anyone ever realizing they have been there.
Another suggestion that has to be considered is cost! Ask them what fees they charge. Some charge a flat rate depending on the type of case and some charge an hourly fee and mileage. Most investigators are flexible and can work with you. Also be aware that most investigators will require an upfront retainer before starting the investigation. Most important is to set a budget and tell the investigator you do not want to exceed that amount. I would highly recommend a written contract which will detail the services and the fees. That will prevent confusion or problems on down the road. Another very IMPORTANT factor will be if the investigator knows how to testify in court and present the evidence they obtained. Just answering yes and no is not going to cut it. If a young or fairly new investigator has no experience or very little experience giving testimony in court, then I don't care how great the video is or how good the interview was, he is going to have problems. Especially if the opposing attorney is aggressive. You cannot get flustered or confused on the witness stand. It makes you appear to be unsure of yourself. If a judge or jury are not sure about the investigator, then they will not be sure about the evidence they are attempting to present in their testimony.
Over the years I have had several clients ask if we can monitor telephone calls or cell phone calls. Can we put a recording device in a vehicle or in the house. Can we get cell phone records. All of these actions are illegal and you can be prosecuted. If an investigator tells you he can do it, that should send up red flags. Not only is he violating the law, but you and he are subject to prosecution. In addition any evidence obtained during these illegal activities is not admissible in court. I always advise my clients up front that we will not violate the law in any way just to make the case.
To give you an example, I had an attorney call me last week stating that he represented the wife of a high profile professional athelete. He wanted me to obtain the bank records of the soon to be ex, stating that they believed he was hiding over $1,000,000.00. I told him that the federal privacy laws are very clear about bank records. His reply was, "I don't care how you get them, just get them." I told him he needed to find someone else. It would have probably been a well paid case, but it was unethical and illegal. If it came out on down the road, who do you think would be getting the blame? Not the attorney, I'm sure. In closing, just remember do do your research, ask questions and get references. When you choose a doctor, do you just look in the yellow pages and pick one? I hope not. You ask friends or relatives who they would suggest. If you have an attorney ask them. Just make sure you hire an investigator that has the experience and knowledge of the type of case that you require.
I am updating this blog for various reasons. Over the past few years, I have been contacted by clients who have used another PI company and they really did a poor job. As I have said before, anyone can write a very "nice" report that looks sharp and impressive, but it doesn't have anything in there that helps the client in their case. All it does is to make the PI look good or justify their high cost of the investigation. I have had several clients call saying they did not get anything for their money. Some PI's have not provided a written report or itemized invoice to the client for their services. I encourage anyone considering hiring a PI to please do their due diligence and check the Secretary of State web site to see if there are complaints and/or disciplinary actions against the company you are wanting to hire. Also do a Google search by the company's name and the owner's name to see what comes up. I would suggest you check at the local courthouse within the county where the PI company is located and see if there are any civil actions filed against the company and/or the owner. You will be very surprised what you discover.
Friday night I went to Athens, GA on another cheating spouse. This time the husband was suspected of carrying on an affair with a local law enforcement officer. Sure enough I arrived at 11:30 PM and there was the husband's car parked next to a marked law enforcement vehicle. The female had been confirmed as employed by a local police agency. The husband spent the weekend there and returned home on Sunday afternoon.
The next night, Saturday evening I received a call from a woman who lives in Virginia. She stated her finace, who is a minister was coming to a town outside of Atlanta to preach and sing on Sunday morning. She stated she had suspicions that he was cheating on her and had another woman with him. She said he would never answer his cell phone when she called, but would call her later when it was convenient for him. She had been scheduled to accompany him to Georgia, but while he was in another state on a preaching tour, his truck "broke down" and he was having a friend take him to GA while his truck was being repaired. He would not be able to come by and pick her up. Well I was at the church bright and early the next morning and at 8 am he arrived "in his broken down truck" and there was a female passenger with him. Needless to say, he was busted. I wanted so bad to go in and inform the preacher at the church what was going on, but I decided it would get out eventually.
This gives us a total for 2013 or 12 cheating spouses. AND STILL COUNTING
Southern Professional Investigations also serves court papers thoughout the metro Atlanta area. Most of these services are routine, but sometime they become a challenge. The person we are attempting to serve tries to avoid service and then it becomes a game of wits. A perfect example was a man in Snellville who would not come to the door when the Sheriffs deputy came to the house on several occasions. Normally after three attempts the Sheriffs Office will give up. The ex-wife contacted me and asked for our assistance. Since he would not come to the door we devised a different plan of attack. I obtained some background information on him and learned that he liked to attend his daughter's high school softball games. There was a game scheduled in Loganville that week. I went to the game and identified which side of the field he would be sitting and then sat down for about 30 minutes watching the game. I was able to identify him from the description provided and also overhearing another parent call out his name. I did not want to serve him the child support payments in front of his daughter, so I waited until her team was out in the field. I walked up to him and called his name out and he reached out to shake my hand and so I handed him the papers and told him he had been served. He was not a happy camper.
Another example was a woman living near the Mall of Georgia in Buford. Again the Sheriffs Office had been to house numerous times, but she would not come to the door. The client requested our help. We sat down the street and waited for her to arrive back from picking her child up from school. We saw her pull up in the driveway and walk into the house. I had another investigator with me and they were hiding in the back of my vehicle and obtaining video of the situation. I drove up to the house and parked out front. I knocked on the door and she yelled through the door "Who is it?" I told her I had some papers for her and she said to get off her property. She then looked through a window and I was able to identify her. She continued to refuse to open the door and kept shouting to get off her property or she would call the police. I told her to go ahead and call, I would love for them to show up and get her to open the door. Of course she never called the police. However since I had confirmed she was in the house, I placed the papers in the crack in the doorway between the door frame and the door and told her she had been served. She yelled even louder that she was not accepting service. I then went back to my vehicle and drove up the street and then returned a few minutes later and obtained video of the papers that were no longer stuck in the doorway.
A few years ago in Alpharetta I was attempting to serve papers on the president of a large corporation. He lived in a gated community in Atlanta so I could not get in to serve them at his residence. I knew what vehicle he operated so I went up to the front desk and told the receptionist I was turning around in the parking lot and I accidentally back into the BMW. Could she contact the owner and ask him to come out and make sure I didn't do any damage to the vehicle. A few minutes later, the owner comes out and we begin to walk outside to his car. As we approached the car I turned and hand him the papers and told him he had been served. This case went to trial in Federal Court in Southwest Georgia over a patent infringement. My client won several million dollars in that case.
A few days ago we received a call from a wife who had hired another PI company and paid them a retainer of $5,000. After three weeks they had nothing to show for that large amount of money. The only thing they could show the client was a picture of the condo complex her husband was staying at during the week. She already knew what it looked liked. She also told us that she could not figure out how they could follow her husband, since they didn't even ask for his license plate number. We met with her on a Thursday. The following Wednesday we caught him with his married girlfriend. He told his wife he was going to play golf with some friends. The only golf he played that day was at a Atlanta motel. He and the girlfriend were there for several hours. As they exited the side door of the motel, they stopped and spoke briefly and then began to hug and kiss. She then got in her vehicle and left. He remained a few more minutes then got on his cell phone and called his wife telling her he had just finished the golf game and was on his way home. When we informed the client the results of the surveillance she was pissed and pleased at the same time. Mike and I agreed that this will probably be the most expensive golf game this guy will ever participate in.
We felt bad for the client for wasting her money with the other company and no results. It appears that we caught him in less than 7 days and her invoice is not anywhere near the $5000 she spent with the other company. I urge each potential client to do your research on PI companies and see if any complaints have been filed against them with the State board. Also you can Google the company name and sometimes find reviews from past clients.
We have been told on several occasions by clients that they really appreciated our professionalism and the way we treated them. They did not feel that we were just trying to get their money. We talk with them, we counsel them and let them know we want to help them. We keep them updated. We always tell our clients they are welcome to talk to the attorneys we have worked for and if past clients agree to talk with them we will give them their contact information. We are very proud of the work we do!!!
For 2012, we caught 27 cheating spouses. In January 2013 we caught 4 cheating spouses. Two were wives and two were husbands. One of the cases involved a wife who suddenly left her husband and with their two kids. For several weeks he had no idea where she was living and did not see his children. Finally she slipped up and it was determined she was living on the other side of Atlanta. As far as we knew, she had no connections to this area. After surveillance we confirmed she was having an affair with a married man who was a friend of her husband. On one of the surveillances they were followed to a restaurant where we observed the couple embracing and kissing in front of the two small children.
In another case this month we conducted surveillance on a husband the wife suspected was having an affair. She was right. He was having an affair with his first cousin. After confronting him with the evidence, he was dumfounded. They are engaged in negotiations over the property. I would guess he is not going to come out this too well.
Hopefully our success rate will continue in the coming months.
It was a good year and it was a bad year, depending on how you look at the stats. For 2012 we caught 27 cheating spouses, 15 women and 12 men. For us that was a good year, for the cheating spouse, not so good. I think we only had two cases where we didn't catch them, but I believe the client had already confronted them and accused them of cheating before we got involved. In most circumstances after the spouse accuses the other one, they are very careful in their movements and activities. We always suggest to our clients not to confront or accuse their spouse of cheating. In almost 100% of cases, they will deny it. In fact I have had cheating spouses we have caught, but they were not aware of the video we obtained. When they were confronted they still denied it, until we got on the stand and testified under oath to the video. Then the look on their face is priceless.
We also had a few internal investigations of law enforcement agencies that elected officials called us in to find out the facts. I wont go into much detail on this, but in those cases we were successful in finding out the truth and presenting it to the city council.
We continued to conduct surveillance on Worker's Comp fraud cases throughout the year. Again we were succesfull in obtaining video which indicated the claimant was not injured as they had reported. Needless to say we saved our client's thousands of dollars on each of these cases.
On the criminal investigation side we hit a home run on a Rape and False Imprisonment case in Gwinnett County. The law enforcement department that worked the original investigation did a sloppy job and didn't even take crime scene photos. They also did not interview all of the witnesses involved in the case, which was a big mistake. The one witness they did interview was over the phone and lasted about 10 minutes. We located the other witnesses and obtained evidence that the police would have discovered it they had conducted a thorough investigation. Our client spent an entire year in jail awaiting trial. After all the evidence was presented to the jury along with the witnesses we located the jury was out only a short time and found our client not guilty on all counts.
For 2013 we are hoping to continue to provide excellent service to our clients at a resonable cost. Each year more and more attorneys are calling us for our professional expertise. In addition we continue to get new clients that were referred to us by past clients. That is the best recomendation and advertising a company can received.
Published: May 14, 2013
A veteran Columbus Police officer has lost his job after lying about overhearing a restroom conversation in which he claimed Chief Ricky Boren used a racial slur in reference to Marshal Greg Countryman.
A three-week investigation, ordered by Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and conducted by a retired GBI agent, cleared Boren of the allegations made public by Countryman and reported in April by The Courier Eco Latino, a publication that covers the black and Hispanic communities.
Click here to download the investigator's report.
Who Do We Catch More, Husbands or Wives?
Almost every time I speak to a potential or new client I get asked that question. Who cheats more, the husband or the wife? I have been working infidelity cases in the Atlanta and north Georgia areas for over 15 years. Over that period of time it usually evened out that we caught about the same percentage. However, since November 1, 2011, we have seen a dramatic change. During November and December we caught six (6) cheating wives. Almost every new case that came in, it was the husband suspecting the wife was having an affair. What is the explanation as to why the increase for wives being unfaithful? It may be too much egg nog during the holiday season. Surveys reveal several reasons for women cheating: jobs outside the home, financial independence, and changing social attitudes. Mobile phones, internet chat rooms, and email make it easier for women to make contact with their partner.
During this same time we did have a few cases come in where the wife suspected the husband/boyfriend was cheating, but only one of those was confirmed. Most cases involve the wife having an affair with a co-worker. In one case we suspected the wife met the man online in a chat room or adult web site for “hooking up”. One was a neighbor and this affair had been going on for several years. In a very recent case, the wife was having an affair with a police officer. We caught them together while the officer was working an off duty job as security for a local club. In another case the wife had been introduced to her boyfriend through her cousin. It never ceases to amaze me that the family of the cheating spouse will aid or attempt to keep the cheating discreet and the innocent spouse completely in the dark.
As I have stated in past blogs, most of our clients are very stressed, upset, angry, betrayed and embarrassed over the possible infidelity of their spouse. We try to calm them down as much as possible, but when they ask “What is the percentage rate of you catching a cheating spouse?” We tell the truth. When a spouse comes to us for help, it usually means they really suspect their spouse is cheating on them but deep down inside they are hoping we don’t find anything. However, over 95% of the time we catch the cheater.
We were contacted by a local defense attorney, Judy Kim to assist her in the defense of her client who was charged with Rape, False Imprisonment and Aggravated Sodomy. We first reviewed the investigative report of the local police department that investigated the case. Several things stood out immediately to us. First no crime scene photographs were taken of the scene. The most important thing we saw was the detective did not invterview all of the witnesses who had information or were associated with this case. After that we then reviewed the recorded interview of the victim and immediately discovered she told three different stories regarding the time the incident happened. We listened to the 911 call the victim made and she appeared to be upset, but it did not sound right to us. We went to the motel where the rape supposedly occurred and found that she was 52 steps from the office where she did not call or walk to after the supposed rape. We determined the sex took place around 1 PM, but she did not call the police until 4 PM some three hours later. During that three hours she called two of her friends. That seemed very strange behavior to us regarding a rape victim. We had investigated numerous rapes while with the GBI and this was out of character of a rape victim. We then listened requested the audio of the interview she gave to the detective. During that interview she told the detective after having sex, she borrowed the guys cell phone and walked outside in the parking lot and called her two friends. That didn't sound like she was a victim of False Imprisonment. During this same interview she was calm and did not appear to be upset or traumatized. The interview took place within one hour of her 911 call. The detective called one of her friends by telephone and conducted a short interview and that was it. No in person interview. That is not good investigation. I spent a week trying to locate the other friend the victim called, since she had moved out of the county. I finally located her and interviewed her in person. She told me that the victim called her and told her she had sex, not I was rapped. She was not upset nor was she crying. This call to her friend was after 3 pm on that day. Then one hour later she is calling the police and crying and upset. We went to trial and the victim was not a good witness. The detective testified that she did not think it was necessary to take photos of the crime scene or the victim. I guess she thought this was a slam dunk case. The last witness was the friend who the police didnt feel was important enough. She testified the victim was not upset or crying and that she did not believe her story. She said the victim had a reputation of lying and wouldnt believe her under oath. The jury was out just a few hours and came back NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS.
Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney Judy Kim joined forces with Daniel Kane in the successful defense of a client who was facing 25 years to life in prison. Ms. Kim utilized her aggressive defense skills to help secure a positive outcome.
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PRLog (Press Release) - Oct 25, 2012 -
A defendant who was facing 25 years to life on charges of rape, aggravated sodomy and false imprisonment will now go free thanks to the effective defense provided by lead attorney Daniel Kane and co-counsel, Judy Kim. The severity of the accusations stacked up against their defendant required Attorneys Kane and Kim to utilize nothing short of the best defensive tactics in the business, and both defense lawyers rose to the occasion. The result? A successful case verdict that freed an innocent defendant from the harsh penalties that they may have otherwise faced under different representation.
Aggressive in their approach, and skillful in their tactics, attorneys Kane and Kim swiftly challenged the allegations that were made against their defendant with full force. To ensure that the client was provided with every opportunity to secure positive results, Kane and Kim utilized the professional services of investigator Jim Baker as well. A well-respected investigator of Southern Investigations, Baker easily fit in with the notable legal team working on the defendant’s behalf. Together, the three professionals worked tirelessly in their collaboration to secure a strong, viable defense for their client, and their hard work was apparent as soon as the trial began.
After intense courtroom appearances and arguments, Kane, Kim, and Baker, along with the defendant, were left to wait for two and a half hours while the jury deliberated. When the jury came back, they affirmatively declared the defendant’s innocence, announcing acquittals of all three charges that were argued in court. The case, 12-B-1033-6 was ended was concluded successfully. Having already spent the majority of the year in jail, the defendant’s release was more than a celebratory matter – it was a feat for all parties involved.
Up against such severe charges, the defendant’s success in court was not expected; however, neither were the aggressive tactics utilized by attorneys Kane and Kim and their investigator, Jim Baker. The relentless efforts and hard-hitting legal tactics that were employed on behalf of the defendant who was facing charges proved to be more effective than was even expected. In the end, not only was an the defendant released from prison, but they were freed from all charges that had been made against them. Charges were not reduced; they were dismissed altogether. Only the tactics of professional legal defenders of a high caliber could elicit such positive results. To learn more about Attorney Judy Kim and her work, visit her firm’s website at http://www.atlantadefenselawfirm.com.
Judy Kim is Atlanta’s premier criminal defense attorney. As an experienced litigator, Ms. Kim’s skills have been successful in acquittals of every nature. Whether she’s acting as the lead attorney on a case or she’s serving as co-counsel, Ms. Kim’s legal knowledge and prowess have been effective in the court room time and again. The attorney’s tough, no-nonsense approach has earned her selection as a Rising Star℠ Super Lawyer™ a title given to only 2.5% of lawyers in the state of Georgia. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Ms. Kim acts as a strong advocate for her clients, never yielding in the aggressive services she provides to those who seek her firm for experienced legal representation. For a free initial consultation, contact Attorney Judy Kim at 404-566-9970.
By Patrick Yost, Editor
MORGAN COUNTY CITIZEN
After a nearly three-hour, closed session of the Madison City Council on Monday to discuss personnel issues, as well as a brief meeting with Madison City Manager David Nunn Tuesday morning, Madison Police Chief Travis Stapp resigned from his position on Tuesday, effective immediately.
Stapp, 54, has been the Madison chief for approximately five years after being appointed to that position following the retirement of former Chief Neal Thompson.
According to Nunn, the resignation came on the heels of an audit that the city paid two former Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agents to complete. The audit, Nunn said, revealed management and morale issues. Nunn said the retired GBI agents began the audit last week and completed their review in time to give the city council a verbal report at the closed session of the Monday meeting.
"What I saw was less effective management than we needed," Nunn said. "We discussed his options and he felt it best to resign." Nunn said the retired agents were tasked with capturing a "general mood of the department." "I asked someone to come in and get an overall picture."
Findings, Nunn said, included "poor-to-bad morale" and an "overall degradation of respect (for Stapp)." The audit prompted by city council members and community concerns regarding the police department, Nunn said. "I wanted to study the overall concerns of the police department and that's what we did." "It really boiled down to leadership and morale."