Interview With A Defense Investigator
April Higuera is a licensed private investigator, the owner and principal agent of ADH Investigations located in Reno, NV, specializing in criminal defense investigation of violent crimes on county, state, and federal levels. Higuera has a lengthy record of assisting wins for defense in complex criminal cases. Her work has been applauded and recommended by judges, attorneys, colleagues, and clients across the country. Higuera is a contributing writer for various blogs and national publications in her effort to promote public awareness about the essential need for criminal defense investigation in maintaining a balanced justice system. Her new book “Making a Case for Innocence” is receiving rave reviews as “informative,” “evocative,” and a “page-turner.”
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I started writing poetry at age 8, songs (lyrics & music) at age 13, writing and performing my songs professionally at age 17, and have continued throughout my life. I have music playing in the background of multiple television shows and two albums (CDs) online for sale as an artist. I attempted writing books in my mid-40’s and started at least five books, which I’ve never finished. Last year I began, completed, and published my first book at age 54 titled “Making a Case for Innocence: True Stories of a Criminal Defense Investigator.”
Q: Where do you get your inspiration? Do you have a muse?
A: No muse. My inspiration is my life and work experiences as a criminal defense investigator since 2001.
Q: Tell me about your book, Making a Case for Innocence. Why did you decide to write it?
A: My current book is a series of personal and professional memoirs as I investigate murders and other violent crimes on behalf of the persons charged with the crimes. The book takes the reader along my journey from singer/songwriter to seasoned criminal defense investigator and all the moral and emotional shifts I experienced personally, as well as detailing my investigation work on a handful of very interesting and dramatic criminal cases.
I decided to write Making a Case for Innocence to inform the general public what really goes on in the criminal justice system and how innocent people fall through the cracks of justice on an alarmingly regular basis. I wanted to educate the public about wrongful convictions and how to defend themselves against a sometimes corrupt justice system.
In the book, aside from the general criminal case elements typical of any true crime writing, I detail my experiences finding and interviewing witnesses, the evidence never presented in court, and the family members of the defendant who are never known to the public . . . all confidential information that is typically never divulged outside of a courtroom (though I obtained permission). My accounts are all true.
Q: What do you think the most challenging part of writing a book is? How did you get through it?
A: Editing. Beginning to write a book can also be difficult. I just started with my own story and interspersed fascinating criminal cases I investigated. I hired folks to edit (three people actually).
Q: Are you working on any writing now? If so, what can you tell me about it?
A: I am writing articles for various media outlets to help raise public awareness about the pitfalls of the criminal justice system, and offer suggestions to help it work as intended. I also write articles on best practices for criminal defense investigation.
My next book is going to be review of wrongful conviction cases from a criminal defense investigation perspective and/or a series of crime stories with the main character being a criminal defense investigator working on fictional cases with real-life issues and investigation tactics . . . I’ve already begun the first book in the series, and I’m in the process of obtaining story rights to for wrongful conviction case reviews and commentary.
Q: What is something you want the world to know?
A: People must care more about people than money. We can all make money doing the right thing.