Take Emotion out of the Decision to Prosecute


Bernardo Luis, Operations Director of national private investigation agency, Justicia Investigations, says it is understandable that a person reacts emotionally, but he stresses that an irrational reaction during the initial stages of an investigation can have long term negative consequences, especially when it involves a criminal case.
“Don’t make erratic, impulsive emotional decisions out of anger,” he warns, acknowledging that it is difficult to separate the emotion from the crime, especially in a highly charged environment when crime and corruption is reported daily in the media. But keeping one’s head during difficult times could prove critical in the longer term.
Of utmost importance is understanding that a quick arrest does not necessarily lead to a successful prosecution. Investigative process must be methodically applied, often with the added aggravation of a lengthy justice system. “Follow the process, or run the risk of blowing the case,” he warns.
Crimes in the workplace are no less emotional than crimes against your person. “The first question facing an often traumatised company owner is whether to lay criminal charges or resort to internal disciplinary processes to stop the bleeding,” says Bernardo.
“Sadly, you can’t get a criminal prosecution with every case. It is important to evaluate the chances and be aware of the investment required in securing a criminal conviction. You need to be advised on

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