Shaun Kaufman and mystery writer Robert Crais at Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Last month, I was invited to be on the faculty for the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, a great writers’ symposium held each year in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  One of my favorite authors, Robert Crais, was also on the faculty.  Better yet, I enjoyed a fun dinner with him the night before the conference kicked off (see photo above — Crais is the good-looking guy on the right).  For you mystery novel buffs out there, check out his Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels, such as L.A. Requiem, The First RuleThe Sentry and his more recent Taken.

Writers are curious about a lot of things for their stories, many interested in how their sleuth characters (be they private eyes or amateur sleuths) might legally conduct investigations.  One problem I’ve seen a lot in books and film is when the sleuth/private eye character, who’s working on behalf of an attorney, conducts surveillances (or interviews) without any inkling if the subject is represented by counsel.  In real life, if a PI doesn’t know if the subject has retained counsel, this can create great big problems.

Therefore, today I’m sharing a few slides on “Is the Surveillance Subject Represented by an Attorney?”

Slide 1: An attorney could lose his/her license if their PI has contact with a represented subject

 

Slide 2: A PI must first find out if the subject is represented

Slide 3: But as the presentation was to fiction writers, I offered a story twist

 

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