Testimonials

SUCCESS STORIES

 MISSING PERSON CASE


The end  of October 2012, we were contacted by a client searching for a lost  loved one. The loved one, a veteran, broke contact with his family 30  years ago. He was also homeless and possibly located in a near by town.  Periodically over the past 30 years, the family attempted to locate  their missing loved one. Each time they would get close, but could not  find him. 


Unfortunately, the family had very little identifying  information for the loved one, for obvious reasons. Starting with his  name and social, we were able to identify a few old addresses associated  with this person. The difficult and time consuming work began. Pressing  the streets, we visited those addresses and spoke with several  witnesses. Fortunately, we were able to uncover a recent photograph of  the person. With the photograph, we constructed a missing person flyer  and returned to the streets. Targeting all of the homeless shelters,  food banks, and convenience stores in the area, we believed this was our  best shot at identifying someone who had seen him. We also contacted  Veteran's Affairs, hoping they could get the message to the person to  contact his family. It seemed each time we went out, we were so close to  locating him, but he was still out of reach. 


Our hard work paid  off. The very next day, we received a call from a friend, of the  missing loved one, who also had lost contact with him. The friend  reported that the loved one was possibly in a government run facility in  the Bay Area. Now, if anyone has ever dealt with government run  systems, then you know there are many layers of bureaucracy to pass  through. The tedious phone work began; starting with the Bay Area  facility we were led to another in Southern California, and even another  in the Central Valley. Each time we expressed that we didn't want  information, we wanted to provide information. The client wanted her  loved one, if located, to call her. Sadly, a close family member had  passed away, which had prompted their renewed search. 


Success!  Weeks before Christmas, the lost loved one contacted his family.  Oftentimes very hard work goes unrewarded. Lost people are simply 'Lost'  never to be found. To find someone who has been separated for so long  and reunite them with family fills a person with great pride. That  feeling of pride and gratification, knowing we have reunited families,  is exactly why we take on these cases. 



Criminal Defense

A  long term criminal defense client, who was accused of inappropriately  touching a pre-teen girl, has had the criminal case against him dropped.  The case has spanned three years, and was clearly a case of a false  accusation. The young woman had a history of making false accusations,  varying statements, and admissions to witnesses that she lied. Through a  thorough investigation and follow up, I was able to locate and  interview crucial witnesses disproving the criminal case. On the eve of  the jury trial, the prosecution dismissed the case. They stated on the  record that the case was being dismissed due to a lack of evidence based  largely, in part, to the defense investigation. 


A long standing  ideal in this country and in our legal system is "a person is presumed  innocent until proven guilty." Unfortunately, there are times when an  innocent person is wrongly accused. As a defense investigator, I believe  everyone should have the ability to properly defend themselves in  criminal matters. The prosecutors have law enforcement and DA  investigators, and the defendant has criminal defense investigators. 


The  attorney and the client sincerely appreciated the J Greg Lewis  Investigative Services' hard work, determination, and genuine desire to  uncover the truth. Justice was served in this case. 


CRIMINAL DEFENSE


The  Client, a law abiding citizen who worked for many years in the  convoluted public assistance system for elderly and infirmed, was  accused of forging their client’s names on official documents. The case  investigation began in December of 2011 and subsequent criminal charges,  alleging multiple felony counts, were filed against our client. He  retained an attorney and began the court process. Initially, the charges  were dropped with a promise that if refiled, they would contact the  client’s attorney.


An unfortunate error in mailing caused a  warrant to be issued for the client’s arrest. Our client, with no  criminal history, was now arrested and plunged into the criminal justice  system. After almost six months, with no resolution to the case, the  client requested our services. Initially, we evaluate the case looking  for the specific elements of the crimes alleged. We realized even if the  client had forged the person’s signature they did not have the  requisite intent to deprive the person of property. After conducting  interviews with various witnesses, we were able to show that the client  had completed their various tasks and correctly reported their hours  worked. We were able to show there was no criminal intent by the client.  The standard defense for forgery is the intent to deprive someone of  property, etc. This case is much like the situation where a wife signs  her husband’s signature on a check and then deposits the check into  their account. Technically, she forged her husband’s signature, but did  not intend to deprive him of the funds.


Ultimately, our client  received a favorable resolution in this case. In essence the case and  charges were dismissed. Although our client was happy about the outcome,  their life was still turned upside down. It is a proud moment when you  are able to clear someone of alleged wrongdoing, and we are empathetic  to the client who now has to try to put their life back together.


LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT – MISDEMEANOR


My  Client and his family were driving along a remote Northern California  highway, at or below the posted speed limit. While traveling in the  “fast lane,” some distance behind another driver, the driver slammed on  his brakes for no apparent reason. His actions caused my client to apply  his brakes and swerve. My client became angry with the other driver for  almost causing an accident. A mile or so up the road, the other driver  pulled off the freeway. My client came upon his vehicle and took the  same off-ramp, hoping to have a discussion with the other driver  regarding his driving habits. My client could see the other driver was  considerably larger than he was, and he was making furtive movements,  reaching under the seat.


As my client’s vehicle approached, the  other driver darted back into the lane, slammed on his brakes again, and  then preceded to the stop sign. My client followed; and admittedly was  angered by the other driver’s actions. He followed the other driver and  attempted to pass on the over crossing. The other driver crossed over  the center line, in front of my client, slammed on his brakes, and my  client collided with the other driver’s vehicle. Due to the dangerous  circumstances, my client decided to leave the scene instead of possibly  getting into a physical altercation with other driver. He drove some  distance away, and stopped on the shoulder of the roadway. Ultimately,  my client was charged with misdemeanor – leaving the scene of an  accident.


The Client hired J Greg Lewis Investigative Services to  aid in his defense. Upon conducting detailed research of the other  driver, I discovered he had a recent prior criminal charge for reckless  driving and brandishing a weapon at another driver. I reported this  information to the client and his attorney, who promptly notified the  District Attorney’s Office. Ultimately, the prosecutor dismissed the  charges.


My client wanted to share his story, so others may  understand. There are dangerous people on the roadways; and admittedly,  he made several errors in his own judgment that endangered his family.  Please take your time, drive carefully, and be courteous. You never know  who may be in the other vehicles around you.


CONNECTING FAMILY


In  Mid-November, a person contacted me hoping to locate and possibly speak  with their biological parents, who had placed my client up for adoption  50 years ago. The client was able to provide some identifying  information, and potential leads to their location. I was able to locate  recent information for the biological father, but was having some  trouble locating the mother. Women’s information can be a little more  difficult due to name changes. Finally, I was able to locate recent  information for the mother. I attempted to phone and instant message the  parents through social media, but I had not received a response. Most  of the telephone numbers did not pan out, so I drafted a short letter to  both parents requesting contact.


On Christmas Eve-day, I  received a telephone call from my client’s father. He was very nice, and  excited about the prospect of speaking with his long-lost daughter. He  consented to providing his information to my client, and requested my  client contact him. I promptly contacted the client, and they were  ecstatic. My client exclaimed, “This is the best Christmas present ever.  Thank you so much.” I was able to enjoy Christmas and it was truly an  honor to be a part of bringing these two people back together. This is  why I love what I do.