Criminal Investigation & the Law


Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Private Investigation.

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About this Course

In the final course, you’ll delve deep into the private investigator's role in the prosecution and defense of criminal cases. You’ll learn how to assist attorneys in determining the facts of the case, work with discovery, interview witnesses and prepare for trial. Once you complete the course, you’ll take the exam to become a licensed Washington state private investigator.


  • How to build a case file
  • The fundamentals of criminal case discovery, evidence and forensics
  • Techniques for interviewing, note-taking, audio and video recording, and report writing
  • Best practices for working with law enforcement, attorneys and expert witnesses
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