PRIVATE EYES OF TEXAS
December of 2006 Edition
A Message from J.J.,
Another year has flown by and I can’t believe we have been working with our clients for 18 years. During this period, I have learned two very important fundamentals.
First, surround yourself with competent people, who have the desire to go below the surface and find out all of the facts they can about what ever they are investigating for a client.Secondly, to never form an opinion about what you are investigating, because things, many times, are not what they appear to be.
I would like to thank each and every client for the support you have given our firm over the years. Best Wishes from everyone on our staff for a blessed holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2007.
**IDENTITY THEFT TIP**
Did you know that when you receive a credit card type hotel room key, embedded in the card is your name, room number, partial home address, check in and check out date, your credit card number and expiration date.
When you turn the card into the front desk at check-out, any employee with the proper scanning device can access the information into a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense. Make sure you throw those cards away.
Since 2000, Gradoni & Associates has been involved in 101 Capital Cases in Harris County, the Federal System and surrounding counties.
We are involved now in 19 pending cases. Our services have been solicited in every case by attorneys appointed by the courts. We learned quickly that it is imperative that no stone be left unturned since our client is facing life imprisonment and/or death by injection. In many cases, we are fighting an uphill battle against overwhelming evidence put together by the State against our client. The experience has been to say the least, very intense and humbling. A special thanks to those attorneys who allow us to assist them in their efforts to defend the accused.
NEW ADDITION TO STAFF
Gus brings 24 years of law enforcement experience to our staff. Gus began his law enforcement career in 1982 as a police officer in Nogales, Arizona. Gus then spent 3 years as a Border Patrol Agent, and 18 years as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent for the Immigration and Nationalization Service, now Homeland Security.
Gus is fluent in the Spanish language and also holds a Commercial Pilot’s License.
During his law enforcement career, Gus attended numerous training academies and law enforcement schools. Gus is a skilled investigator, whose work product has proven to be thorough and timely.
I am sure that Gus’ addition to our staff will enhance the work product we provide to all our clients.
NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE DEFENSE AND RESOURCE CENTER
In September of this year, Carey Wellmaker and I attended the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center Conference held in Las Vegas. Our firm has a steady case load of sexual offense cases in which we are either hired or appointed to help in the defense of the accused. Many of these cases have no witnesses or physical evidence and basically turn out to be a shouting match between the victim and the Defendant.
Our goal in attending the seminar was to learn more about how to defend cases of this nature. We received training in competent interviewing of children, coerced and false confessions, injuries mistakenly taken for abuse, a primer in understanding head injuries, burns, bruises and abdominal injuries and other related subjects. We both came away with a better understanding of how to prepare a solid defense for our clients.
OVERRUN BY JUNK MAIL, TELEPHONE SOLICITATION, UNWANTED FAXES?
You can have your name removed from those lists that generate much of the unsolicited mail, faxes and telephone calls you receive.
1. To remove all variations of your name and addresses that have appeared on direct mail, write to:
Mail Preference Service
P.O. Box 9008
Farmingdale, New York 11735
2. To get rid of intrusive telephone solicitors, send your name and address to:
Telephone Preference Services
P.O. Box 9014
Farmingdale, New York 11735
3. Eliminate junk faxes by calling Technologies Solutions International, National No-Call Registry Service at (404) 847-8785.