Exhibit Preparation


People, even judges, and especially juries, love a quality presentation. In these media- and trial exhibittech-savvy times, there’s no room for a sloppy presentation. And while exhibits in a criminal defense case are not to be trivialized as shiny showpieces, well-made exhibits that completely capture the fact at hand can have a tremendously persuasive effect on the trier-of-fact.

Simply put, exhibits appeal to our sense. They can be touched, smelled, heard and seen in ways testimony can’t. If counsel were to pull a white rabbit out from under their table and the judge instructed the jury to disregard the white rabbit, it nonetheless would’ve made an indelible impression on their mind’s eye. The point is, exhibits can make a case easier to understand, seem more credible, and bring it to life to help make a defendant’s case.


Whether as real or demonstrative evidence, exhibits must meet foundational requirements. Our investigators are well versed in the handling, analysis and storage of evidence, and understand and respect court chain-of-custody and authenticity requirements. We anticipate prosecutorial challenges and help attorneys safeguard exhibits against them.

Inter-State Investigative Services prepares exhibits with the goal of increasing the trier of fact’s understanding of the evidence at hand. We have more than twenty years of courtroom experience, and with that comes keen insights on how juries perceive evidence. One aspect of being persuasive at trial is communicating a simple message that is quickly grasped and easily understood.  Every exhibit we prepare is done so with an understanding of the big picture of the case and how the particular exhibit fits in the overall story.


All of the exhibits we prepare are of the highest quality and created to be compelling. Photographs and videos are always presented in a way that the trier of fact can see objects, people and places as clearly as possible. Audio recordings are maintained so statements can be clearly understood. We prepare our exhibits so they can help viewers visualize the case in a way that testimony can’t. All exhibits are considered for their probative value to the case.

While the kinds of exhibits that may arise in a case are seemingly endless, one thing that is constant is the way we approach our work. Every case we investigate is done so with anticipation that our work product will need to stand up in court. Accordingly, every piece of evidence we encounter, every photo/video/recording we take, is handled and preserved in the surest way to survive attacks by opposing counsel as well as judicial scrutiny.

Please call us at (520) 882-2723 or (602) 358-7759 with any questions you may have regarding the presentation of exhibits. Or, if you’re not sure what exhibits you need but currently have a criminal case that needs investigative assistance, please click the “Submit a Case” button at the top of the page, and we will be in contact with you as quickly as possible.