Beering, Peter S. Pre-Trial Events. January, 1992.
Abstract: This article is in outline form and summarizes the fire investigator's
role during pre-trial events. It includes suggestions for dealing with
the media. Sample statements for answering questions are provided, as well
as comments that should not be made to the media. Procedures for holding
a press conference are explained.
The article explains the two ways to charge a suspect with the crime
of arson. The charge should not be based on the immediate arrest. This
does not allow investigators or prosecutors time to adequately prepare the
case. Obtaining a warrant first, before the arrest, gives prosecutor's
more time to examine the details of the case.
The procedure for presenting cases to the prosecutor's office is provided
with a list of all materials that should be given to the prosecutor for
The last section of the article explains the investigator's role once
the charges have been filed. The investigator should conduct follow-up
interviews, review documents and records, and investigate the alibi of the