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Defending the United States Constitution

One Case at a Time!

CDITC Veritas Knights


 "Rebels with a Cause"


1) The criminal defense investigator will adhere absolutely and unconditionally to the objective and impartial search for truth. He will abstain from involvement in any situation that subverts this professional commitment.


2) The criminal defense investigator will refrain from asserting, in any professional capacity, any beliefs, opinions, or biases regarding any person or situation under investigation, prior to having commenced the investigation. Nor will the investigator permit any pre-established beliefs, opinions, or biases to influence the course of an investigation to be undertaken.


3) The criminal defense investigator should never, as a matter of policy, claim to have attained absolute or conclusive truth regarding the scope of any investigation. As a matter of policy, investigative truths should always remain potentially open to reinterpretation as new facts or theories emerge. In principle the investigative process should remain speculative rather than dogmatic.


4) The criminal defense investigator will be absolutely and unconditionally honest in all reporting to clients. The investigator will make no dishonest representation of any fact, issue, or theory relating to any case for which he is responsible.


5) The criminal defense investigator will be truthful and open in all communication to colleagues and the public, except in so far as such communication may compromise client confidentiality


6) The criminal defense investigator will honor, absolutely and unconditionally the confidentiality guaranteed to every client, supervisor, or colleague.


7) The criminal defense investigator will not violate any law during the performance of his professional responsibilities.


8) The criminal defense investigator will refrain from any professional activity that jeopardizes health or safety of another person.


9) The criminal defense investigator will refrain from any commitment that entails any inappropriate conflict of interest.


10) The criminal defense investigator will not engage in the unauthorized practice of law or represent himself/herself as a law enforcement officer.

Why a CDITC Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator? 

         Many people spend an entire lifetime contributing little if anything to society.  Consider for one moment the impact that a Criminal Defense Investigator can have on the Justice System and in the life of an innocent who has been wrongfully accused?    The Criminal Defense Investigator must find the virtual "needle in a haystack" and remain dedicated in the face of overwhelming odds.  A "David Vs. Goliath" philosophy must be maintained in the search for Truth.    Remember, it is "Life, Liberty, and Justice for All".   Not just for the privileged few.

Become a CDITC Nationally Recognized

Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator

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Defenders ... 

The Criminal Defense Investigator's primary role is to defend the rights afforded by the United States Constitution.  The 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th Amendments demand that protections be afforded to the accused and the rules of due process enforced.   The professional CDI must step up and accept the responsibility of educating themselves and honing their skills to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  Our rights as American citizens come under attack every day.  The forces and agents of injustice, incompetence, and apathy remain constant within the American Justice System.  The professional Criminal Defense Investigator is the first line of defense.   We must balance the scales of justice as "Impartial & Objective Advocates of the Truth!"   Every American's right to Liberty and Justice demands no less.   Join us! 




Brandon A. Perron, CCDI

CDITC National Training Director  


Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council






 "Better that ten guilty escape, than one innocent suffer."


Sir William Blackstone






  1. Successfully complete one of the following approved Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation & Case Management programs, A) 2 day/16 hours//testing, B) Fast Track 1 day/8 hours/testing (fees applicable) or C) the approved distance learning option.   The Component Method training program must be used toward certification within five (5) years of completion.

  2. Provide documentation supporting the successful investigation of a minimum of twenty-five (25) criminal defense assignments. The assignments must be comprehensive in nature and not merely single task oriented. A notarized affidavit from a supervisor or defense counsel attesting to the fact must be provided to the Advisory Board.

  3. Two written recommendations from defense counsel noting the investigator’s reputation, intellectual acuity, ability, accomplishments, and skill level as a criminal defense investigator.

  4. A minimum of two (2) years professional experience as a criminal defense investigator, either working for a state public defender's office or as a licensed private investigator.

  5. Sign a sworn affidavit attesting to the investigator’s dedication and commitment to conducting impartial, objective, and ethical investigations as an advocate of the truth in defense of the United States Constitution.

  6. Adhere to the continuing education requirements mandated to maintain the C.C.D.I. designation. Ten (10) continuing education units must be satisfied every two years. CEU requirements must be obtained from approved programs providing training in the discipline of criminal defense investigation, criminal investigation, forensic science, law or a related discipline.

  7. Successfully pass the required written test. Not required for those who have successfully passed CDI-101-DL. 

  8. Complete the required application and pay the appropriate fees.


    Continuing Education Units may be acquired by attending criminal defense investigation related seminars, training, college courses, or distance learning.  Research of a criminal defense specific topic may also be conducted. Research can include but not limited to the reading or study of a book.  A two-page report must be submitted detailing the findings of the research with a focus upon 3 specific learning objectives that resulted from the research. 

    CDITC distance learning CEU programs and a link to online courses can be found on the CDITC Distance Learning page.  



    1.  Successfully complete the approved CDITC Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery method program consisting of one of the followoing:  the 1 day Fast Track Classroom Training, 2 day Comprehensive Classroom Training, or the Distance Learning Option.

    2.  Successfully complete the approved CDITC Testing.

    3.  Complete the required application and pay the appropriate fees.


    1.  Successfully complete the approved CDITC Forensic Science Investigation Academy consisting of the classroom training.

    2.  Successfully complete the approved CDITC testing.

    3.  Complete the required application and pay the appropriate fees.

    Note:  Individual evaluation of comparable training and experience may be approved on a case by case basis.  Please contact Brad Perron, CCDI, CFSI at 1-800-465-5233 for more information.  The following fees apply to the Individual Evaluation process.

    Testing $ 1OO.OO (No additional testing or fee for distance learning participants)

    The CDITC Certified Investigator Fees     

    Application Fees

    Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI) $ 225.00 and includes the first year's certification membership dues. (Application fee is required for all seeking the CCDI designation and are in addition to training fees)

    Certified Forensic Interviewer - FTER (CFI-FTER) - $ 225.00 

    (Certification fee waived for those who successfully complete CDI-202-DL as well as designated onsite programs)

    Certified Forensic Science Investigator (CFSI) - $ 225.00 

    (Certification fees waived for those who successfully complete the CDITC Forensic Science Training Programs)


    Carefully review the application requirements or call before making payment to ensure that you are qualified for Board Certification.

    Refunds, less a $ 50.00 processing fee, will be provided to those who don't qualify. 


    Complete Application and Supporting Documents. 

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    Mail to:  P.O. Box 892, Stuart, Florida 34995

    $ 225.00 CCDI - Board Certification Fee. Includes first year's membership fee for CCDI applicants.


    Certifiction Fee Only for current paid members



    The CDITC Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI) has set the standard of professional training, knowledge, and conduct.  The CCDI is second to none when it comes to reputation and professional ability.         - Brandon A. Perron, CCDI - National Director


    The CDITC Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator maintains a philosophy as an "impartial and objective advocate of the truth". Many do not understand how this can be so. After all, are we not working on behalf of the defense and therefore committed to defending the guilty as well as the innocent? Indeed. The Constitution of the United States calls for the defense of the accused and ensures that all be afforded a fair trial. Our critics fail to accept that idea than one is innocent until proven guilty. Thus, we assist and defend the "accused". It is in this spirit and in accordance with the letter of the law that we do what we do. In essence, we are defending not any one individual but in fact an idea defined by truth, liberty, and justice. As a group we work on behalf of all when we ensure one is granted their constitutional right to a fair trial. We do this by pursuing the truth and ensuring that all of the facts are brought to light. This is done while working as an agent of counsel with all the privileges afforded such a role. We uncover and report the truth to defense counsel so that they may properly advise and defend the accused. If all parties were to act in such an impartial and objective manner, the truth would be revealed and justice would be served without prejudice. A lofty idea but an objective nonetheless. Too many in our system, on both sides, have lost sight of what it is that we do and why we do it. Fundamentally, it is about fairness to all. A victim of crime is always a tragic event that demands justice by a fair and just system. Yet, we must also acknowledge and remind our criminal justice colleagues that a victim of the system is also a tragic and appalling crime and in many ways a much larger injustice. In fact, it is an insult to every American who has lost their life defending this great nation.

    What of the claims often promoted by narrow minded individuals? I have yet to meet a professional criminal defense investigator who wishes to free the guilty. Such an objective would be outrageous by any standard. Would it not? Of course! However, it is a fact. No, it is a truth that our entire system of juris prudence is based upon the Blackstonian view that it is "better to let ten guilty escape than allow one innocent to suffer". It is the innocent that our system is designed to protect. The innocent! Consider the meaning of this word. Such a designation comes in many forms. Again, many in the criminal justice system never fail to declare that laws are created to protect the innocent from crime. However, those same fair minded people tend to forget that laws are also created to protect the innocent from the very laws designed to punish the guilty. In other words, laws are created to defend us from ourselves. The greatest threat to freedom and truth comes not from a foreign power but from within. We are our own worst enemy. This is where the criminal defense professional comes into play. We NEVER forget and function as a constant reminder to the fair minded but often forgetful. The reminder is aggressively delivered in the form of facts, evidence, and truth and it is delivered without apology.

    The CDITC Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator represents the virtual Knighthood of the faithful. We recognize the need, accept the responsibility, and stand watch as defenders of the constitution and the right of the accused to a fair trial. If you are not a CDITC Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, I encourage you to apply and join the ranks of the ever faithful and courageous elite. Our ranks are growing. The monumental task of promoting and defending truth demands no less.

    Mandamus Veritas!

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