Last month, I was invited to be on the faculty for the , a great writers’ symposium held each year in Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of my favorite authors, , 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 and novels, such as L.A. Requiem, The First Rule, The 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 lost 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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