Some attorneys are surprised to learn I can’t get somebody’s police report without any authorization from them.
We can get our own client’s police reports of course, as long as they sign a release we can provide to the police records clerk. Same goes for other types of protected records, like:
Law Enforcement reports
Drug rehab files
Social Services records
For private records about someone else involved in your client’s legal case you’ll have to subpoena or get a court order for them.
What I can do is help determine whether interesting private records exist, where they’re located, and how to subpoena them.