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Investigating a Criminal Case – Register by July 27

July 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office is hosting a free to attend webinar on Investigating a Criminal Case. Pending approval by the NC State Bar, this CLE is for 1 general hour and the State Bar will charge you $3.50/hour.

Please register below by 7/27/23 at noon:


When: July 28, 2023 from 12:30-1:30. You are welcome to log in by 12:15.

Where: Anyplace you have internet. You will receive a Webex invite the day before to join the webinar.

What:┬áThe speaker, a private investigator, will discuss investigating a criminal case in order for the criminal defense attorney to understand effective investigation and how this is crucial to an effective defense. Topics covered will include: effective communication between investigator and attorney, mutual understanding of your client’s defense strategy between investigator and attorney, discovery review by the defense team, creating an Investigative Action Plan (IAP), an overview of what an investigator can and cannot do during the investigation and presenting results of investigation in an easily understandable and digestible format so the results of the investigation may be used effectively in discussions with your client, plea negotiations with the prosecutor and at trial with the jury.

Who: Tonya Phifer is the President and Sr. Investigator at JPPI Investigative Services, a company she started 18 years ago in 2005. Tonya has been licensed as a private investigator in North Carolina for 21 years. Tonya worked for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. In an effort to further her legal experience, she is currently pursuing her Paralegal Technology diploma at Central Piedmont Community College.

Tonya oversees a staff of (1) Investigative Assistant, (2) Process Servers and a total of (4) Investigators. Team JPPI is well trusted in the legal community throughout North Carolina to investigate various types of matters, to include, but not limited to, federal, state, felonies, misdemeanors, civil and domestic matters.

Please email Anthony.Monaghan@mecklenburgcountync.gov with any questions.


July 28
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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