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Responsibilities of criminal investigators

Law enforcement did not always have the tools for gathering all information needed to prepare a case. Throughout time, laws have been made to secure the rights of criminal investigators to obtain the material needed to substantiate the evidence used in court cases.

Have the development of new laws made the responsibilities of the criminal investigator change over time?

Discuss 1 law and how it had an effect upon crime scene investigators.

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The latest law available to the criminal investigator is 18 USC Section 1510 relating to Obstruction of criminal investigations. According to this law any person who obstructs, delays, or prevents communication of information relating to violations of criminal statutes of US shall be fined or/and imprisoned up to five years. Similar, penalties are levied on officers of financial institutions who attempt to obstruct an investigation. They will also be punished. Any person violating the confidentiality of investigations is also subject to fines or imprisonment. In this context the criminal investigator means an individual authorized by a department, agency, or armed force of US. This right gives wide ranging authority to criminal investigators to obtain material used in court cases.

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The development of new laws has made the responsibility of criminal investigators change over time. The legal bars to conviction have ...

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This solution explains the rights of criminal investigators. The sources used are also included in the solution.

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