These investigations are started as soon as possible after the incident (but can also take place years later). Conducting these investigations as soon as possible has the benefit of memories remaining current and limiting the likelihood of evidence being tampered with. These investigations help in detecting fraud.
This type of factual investigations is launched when there is doubt about the person charged with an offence and clarity is sought regarding if the subject is an offender, or if there are some shortcomings within police investigations. By considering the allegations of the prosecution, investigations are done to find evidence to oppose the allegations. It may also involve the verification of actions taken by the police.
Many divorce cases have child custody and/or property settlement issues related to it. Therefore, the factual investigations for a divorce case involves the collection of affidavits to accompany the declaration that the circumstances or financial and family situations transpired. In divorce cases, factual investigations also focus on events before the actual separation. The custody of the child is an emotional issue and hence close friends and relatives are interviewed to know the facts.
It is again a dissection of allegations and finding of evidence. When individual parties have a civil dispute, a factual investigator will help a party gather evidence to support their argument. This may be the process of locating and interviewing witnesses or even conducting discreet inquiries with neighbors.
Accident factual investigations can take place immediately after the accident, or after several years depending on the relevant states CTP matter backlog. Accident factual investigations generally have the purpose of determining who is at fault of an accident, but can also include severity of damages, injuries and post capabilities.