PHOTO ABOVE: Defense Investigator April Higuera relieved moments after Not Guilty verdict for her client in self-defense homicide case (2015)
"You saved my life! I love you forever!!!" -- Wayne Burgarello (accused of 1st degree murder and attempted murder); 2015 Jury Acquittal
"I can't thank you enough! I can't believe I have my life back!" -- Julian Acox (accused of 1st degree murder); 2015 Jury Acquittal
"I was falsely accused of a serious sex felony facing life in prison. April's intelligence and diligence in working my case helped gain a dismissal of all charges. She is a good person with great skills. I am extremely grateful to April for keeping my family and my life in tact. -- forever grateful client in Carson City, NV
"When our son was falsely accused of three serious felony counts, we were lucky enough to find April Higuera. She listened carefully, treated our son with the utmost respect, and dug deep for the facts. The charges were dismissed. It was amazing how much and how quickly April was able to get the information we needed to successfully argue his innocence." -- Mr. & Mrs. B.
THERESA RISTENPART, Criminal Defense Attorney - Ristenpart Law - Reno/Las Vegas, Nevada
"Behind every successful trial attorney, is a competent investigator gathering evidence for argument. April is the epitome of excellence in private investigations. I have worked with numerous defense investigators throughout my career and so often rather than empathy and efficiency received apathy and minimal work product. That all changed when I first worked with April on a murder case, which we won. For example, if I ask her to search the criminal history of a witness, she searches not only the area and all surrounding areas, but everywhere that witness has lived and with whom they associated. April does not settle on the fact a witness is missing or homeless and has no address, she will find them. She understands that a police interview of a witness does not always tell the whole story, and she will re-interview the witness multiple times digging deeper into important unasked questions and details of an event, which ultimately can expose a seemingly star prosecution witness as truly a star defense witness. April is unafraid to approach almost any situation and has a knack for getting everyone and anyone to talk to her, including extremely hostile witnesses and ex-cops.
April is a collaborator, willing to sit down and brainstorm ideas about the case and avenues of investigation. She constantly keeps me updated on her investigation, witness interviews, and subpoena process. April will immerse herself into an angle of the case, such as bullet forensics, toxicology, etc., seeking out and consulting with experts, researching, reconstructing scene events and testing theories to help guide your strategy. April is willing to work with me during all phases and aspects of a complex case.
April is intelligent, professional, creative, trustworthy, and hard working. She cares about people, and clients find comfort in her manner and her ability. She has a high level of integrity and a true passion for justice. She is the only investigator I have ever wanted to sit at the counsel table with me during trial as she knows the case inside and out.
April is the reason I win cases."
MICHAEL TERRY, Criminal Defense and Litigation Attorney - Terry & Gore, Attorneys At Law - Nashville, Tennessee
(2005 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award finalists, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice)
"We have been involved in complicated litigation for more than 25 years, both civil and criminal. April Higuera is the best private investigator that we have employed, and we no longer consider any other options. Often our opponent is the government or a larger resourceful corporation. We have been able to level the playing field by adding April to our litigation team. Besides top-notch professional investigation, she brings intelligent analysis and an ability to organize and focus our resources which are necessary to provide high caliber legal representation. Our recommendation of April Higuera is without qualification."
WILLIAM J. ROUTSIS, II, Criminal Defense Attorney - Reno, Nevada
"I have been a Criminal Defense Trial Attorney for over 25 years. I practice law in both the States of Nevada and California. An honest, motivated, and talented investigator is worth their weight in gold to a trial attorney. I have had the good fortune of mutual loyalty to only 3 investigators in my career (for trial work) after having to release numerous others. Recently, I lost the services of an investigator that I had used in Nevada for over 15 years, and April Higuera came highly recommended. Miss Higuera began work for me in a very important 2 week criminal trial in Minden, Nevada. Her work was exemplary. In fact, her work as an investigator was as good as I have seen in 25 years of practicing law. The integrity and professionalism of an investigator permeates a legal case and is critical to justice and/or success. April Higuera was invaluable to justice and an acquittal in a heated 2 week trial in Minden, Nevada. She is worth her weight in gold."
NATMAN SCHAYE, Criminal Defense Attorney - Arizona Capital Project - Tucson, Arizona
"April Higuera provides unparalleled investigative and paralegal support in complex litigation. She is able to organize and digest immense files quickly, while at the same time identifying flaws in the evidence and inconsistency in witness statements. April is also great with people and able to obtain statements from even the most recalcitrant witnesses. Her commitment to her clients is beyond compare."
RICK MEYER, Judge - Alpine County, California (Former Chief Public Defender of El Dorado County, CA)
"April Higuera is an exceptional criminal defense investigator. Her work product is as good as I've seen in 30 years of practicing law. April is well respected in our legal community."
JOHN J. CASTELLANS, Attorney - South Lake Tahoe, California
"April has worked with me on several cases. Each time, I have found her very capable of securing the information that I have needed, as well as to offer insight on case analysis. She has a knack for getting people to talk to her, including those individuals who had been reluctant to provide information. It is easy to discern that she has acquired the necessary experience and abilities to work as a very qualified investigator."
ELIZABETH TRINKLER, former licensed private investigator for ADH Investigations - Nashville, Tennessee
"April has a lot of passion and talent in her field of defense investigation. She is trusted and respected by co-workers, attorneys, judges, and clients. I learned a great deal working as an investigator under her supervision, and I am inspired by her genuine concern for the accused and her effective persistence in uncovering evidence. In my observation, her organizational skills and her ability to obtain candid witness statements are unmatched. April's analytical and inquisitive mind is very impressive as well, as she has proved to be an invaluable asset to attorneys in the successful defense of their clients."