Over 40 Years of Experience
Starting as intern in 1979, licensed in California in May 1983, Scott Ross Private Investigations was formed in April 1986. With thousands of serious felony; violent and non-violent crimes; capital death penalty and murders cases to DUI, I have investigated all types of criminal cases working with attorneys from all over the US. Natural progression caused the later inclusion in 2008, of developing cellular site technology and a necessity to learn and become an expert in matters where this technology is needed.
Needless to say, that when your freedom or that of a loved one is in jeopardy, it can be one of the single most distressing and frightening experiences of your life. For over 40 years, I have been helping people overcome these personal situations.
The criminal court system can be more intimidating and confusing than anyone has ever experienced and no two cases are ever alike. Sadly, nowadays we live in a society where you are considered guilty until you can prove your innocence. My mission: 1) To do my very best at seeing that your rights and that all evidence (by your team or the police) collected is legitimate. 2) To protect you against an abuse of process and insure that all of the police procedures are legal and legitimate.
LAPD Rampart Case
I represented the LAPD Rampart officers charged with creating false police reports. This was a very public cases exposed the internal issues, the lack of checks and balances within the LAPD. As a result, the four defendants were ultimately determined to be not guilty.
The LAPD Rampart case was an alarming wake-up call for the criminal justice system, As a result of the investigation into falsified evidence and police perjury, 106 criminal convictions were overturned; more than 140 civil lawsuits were filed with an estimated $125 million in settlements. Even the four officers collected over 25 million dollars in damages from the City of Los Angeles.
When people are arrested, charged with major crimes, made to spend time in jail and had their lives turned inside out, it is imperative they receive the best and most competent help available. And even though people are often exonerated, each of them continues to live with a stigma attached.
What I do - Look at Things from a Different Perspective
You must try to see things from a different perspective like me. A dangerous misconception is that the police will investigate a case to determine the actual perpetrators of a crime, but this need not be true.
It is not unusual for the police to “target” a person and pursue the individual at all costs. Sadly, it is untrue that all persons arrested are guilty, and in fact, no law requires law enforcement to prove your innocence.
You Need the Right Attorney with the Right Investigator
Choosing an Investigator and attorney is one of the most important decisions you will have to make, all the while staving off the emotional fear and concern for the safety of that person in custody. Some attorneys advertise on the internet, solicit through bail bond agents and make promises that are unrealistic and blatantly false, telling you absolutely anything to get your money. And accompanying that attorney is finding an investigator who knows what they are doing.
Please do the proper research on any potential attorney, question their experience, question their knowledge, and feel free to contact and ask me anything you might need to know before contacting those attorneys.
How I do It – Generating Awareness About Your Rights
I’ll educate you so that you know and understand your Constitutional Rights. Television has taught all of us about your Fifth Amendment right to self-incrimination, but that is not the only important right you need to know.
The Sixth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protect your rights if you are charged. The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution affords criminal defendants seven important liberties: (1) the right to a speedy trial; (2) the right to a public trial; (3) the right to an impartial jury; (4) the right to be informed of pending charges; (5) the right to confront and to cross-examine witnesses against you; (6) the right to compel favorable witnesses to testify at trial through the full subpoena power of the judiciary; and (7) the right to legal counsel.
Over the past century, all of the protections guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment have been made applicable to the state governments through the Doctrine of Selective Incorporation. Under this doctrine, the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the fourteenth Amendment required each state to recognize certain fundamental liberties that are enumerated in the Bill of Rights because such liberties are deemed essential to the concepts of freedom and equality. Together with the Supremacy Clause (Article VI) the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits any state from providing less protection for a right conferred by the Sixth Amendment than is provided under the federal Constitution.
The Sixth Amendment
The Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution affords criminal defendants seven important liberties.
Over the past century, all of the protections guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment have been made applicable to the state governments through the Doctrine of Selective Incorporation.
Under this doctrine, the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment require each state to recognize certain fundamental liberties that are enumerated in the Bill of Rights because such liberties are deemed essential to the concepts of freedom and equality.
Together with the Supremacy Clause (Article VI), the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits any state from providing less protection for a right conferred by the Sixth Amendment than is provided under the federal Constitution.