PRIVATE EYES OF TEXAS
February of 2014 Edition
A Message from J.J.,
Another year has flown by concluding our 25th year in business. We enjoyed our highest level of success and bill out during 2013, since our inception in 1988. We had two back to back months (June and July) in which we actually billed out over $100,000 each month. Our success was due to the continued support of our very long term clients and the new clients that they referred.
Needless to say, none of the success we enjoyed during the year could have been accomplished without our competent group of Investigators who provide the day to day effort to assist Cindy Klein and Edna Velez in supervising our clients’ matters.
Another reason for our success last year was the expansion of our family law section that produced hundreds of hours of surveillance work.
I am proud to say that we leave no stone unturned as we pursue our motto,” The Truth Makes a Difference.”
During an interview with another Capital Murder defendant he was asked if there is any mental history issues that might provide mitigating evidence in his defense. The defendant responded by saying that he had been diagnosed as bi-polar and schizophrenic. When asked if he could identify the name of the doctor who provided the evaluation and treatment he responded by saying, “some dude.” When informed that it would be necessary to have more specific information in order to obtain applicable records the defendant stared off into space never answering the question. I’m assuming having one of those “mental moments.”
NEW ADDITION TO STAFF
I’m pleased to announce that George Mendoza, a 27 year Law Enforcement Veteran from California, has recently joined our staff as an Investigator. George worked his entire career at the El Monte Police Department, starting in 1985. He worked as a patrolman, robbery detective and homicide detective. George spent 8 years working in narcotics at the local level and then was assigned to a Federal, multijurisdictional task force with narcotics, gangs, proactive high crime area work throughout the United States and Canada, spending his last 15 years as a member of the task force.
George was a Police Academy instructor, has taught numerous courses on surveillance and counter surveillance techniques, and also served as a Use of Force instructor for his department.
George possesses a Kung Fu black belt and has fought competitively over the years, having placed no lower than 3rd in National competitions. George also served as his Police Officer’s Association President on three different occasions.
George is bi-lingual and in the short time he has been with our firm has displayed the ability to find and interview witnesses, documenting their interviews in a very factual basis. George has also displayed his ability to “think out of the box” to get things done.
2014 COURT DIRECTORIES
The 2014 Harris County and contiguous counties court directories are hot off the press. We are mailing directories to all of our current clients. Should you be in need of additional copies please don’t hesitate to call us.
TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF LICENSED INVESTIGATORS
The Texas Association of Licensed Investigators will have their annual convention in March 2014, offering CLE credits for the attendees. JJ Gradoni will be making a presentation for two hours, to the entire convention, regarding Criminal Defense Investigations.
JJ and Cindy Klein have also authored an article regarding witness interviews that will be published in the Association’s next publication.
The article relates that as Investigators we have an ingrained sense of fair play, of making the legal system work the way it is supposed to. We are about finding the mistakes that have been made on an investigation; the questions not asked, or discrepancies that have gone unacknowledged.
In the article we made mention of a quote by fictional Private Investigator Elvis Cole (created by Robert Crais), “I chase the darkness to make room for the light.”
The really good Investigators actually do just that.
For years we have tried to come up with a logo that we could put on t-shirts and promotional information regarding the firm. Our efforts always fell short in coming up with a logo that we felt was unusual and professional. We finally came up with the logo we were seeking, with the assistance of Jennifer Gordon at Absolute All Sports.