PELICAN RESEARCH is Southern California’s premium private investigative solution for criminal defense and civil litigation matters. Anyone of the clients I've worked for will attest to my strong work ethic and the quality of work product. I’m not afraid to speak truth to power. The most important lesson I've learned is that those accused of crimes, regardless of guilt or innocence, are entitled to a thorough and vigorous defense when faced with the full power of the prosecution.

Let’s face it, the prosecution holds a legion of investigative resources, No State would remove resources from the hands of prosecutors. Why should a defendant be denied resources? The State presents a case of complete guilt and will vigorously hold this view unless dislodged from its position. That is why the defense must consider an investigative counter measure. PELICAN RESEARCH will shed light on the “real terms” of an alleged incident and provide a stream of unbiased intelligence to the attorney.

PELICAN RESEARCH offers comprehensive investigative services. Since 2013, I have logged over 25,000 hours, 92% of the business was conducted within Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego. When you combine the past eight (8) years 83% of business involves serious felonies (Murder 22%, Assault w/ Deadly Weapon 15%, Rape 8%, Arson 2%, Kidnapping 5%, Robbery 8%, Drug possession 18%, Burglary 5%) The other 17% consists of misdemeanors and private matters.

PELICAN RESEARCH is committed to providing a professional and ethical service that is accountable for all work product. I'll never lie to you and I'll work tirelessly toward obtaining factual and relevant information for you to make the right legal decisions, minimizing your client's exposure to further incarceration, financial, physical, or emotional damages. PELICAN RESEARCH is also an approved vendor for guilt an mitigation investigation in several local counties. Outsourcing investigative needs to a licensed investigator with a network of resources generates actionable intelligence for defense counsel to make the right legal decisions. My personalized approach to go the extra mile on every case has earned my client's trust. Let us meet to discuss your practice and how my services can help sharpen your sword!


                                                                                                                                        THE PELICAN ALWAYS FINDS HIS FISH!

         Matt J. DeSales (PI#28191)
         Owner / Qualified Manager
                                                                                                                                      

PEOPLE v. CRISTIN SMITH (RIF1600755)
In 2006, there was a brutal triple homicide in the remote area of Pinyon Pines, Palm Springs, CA. CRISTIN SMITH, decorated Army Ranger, was charged and convicted . PELICAN RESEARCH assisted defense counsel w/ the guilt investigation.
PEOPLE v. SCHUYLER LIFSHULTZ (17HF1276)
OCDA filed a criminal complaint alleging our client conducted felony vandalism resulting in alleged damage to property. PELICAN RESEARCH assisted defense counsel w/ the guilt investigation. 
PEOPLE v. JOSH STOCKTON (BA477703) 
Client was arrested for allegedly sending a prominent actress dozens of ominous emails, violating his probation and restraining orders. PELICAN RESEARCH assisted defense counsel w/ the guilt investigation. 
PEOPLE v. JOHN HERNANDEZ FELIX (INF1601497)
JOHN FELIX charged w/ double homicide of two Palm Springs Police Officers, including attempted murder of several other responding officers. PELICAN RESEARCH assisted counsel w/ the mitigation investigation.
PEOPLE v. ANTON KUBICA (RIF140136)
ANTON KUBICA, of British Columbia (B.C.), was charged w/ murder in the 1990 slaying of an elderly female to steal $200K from an offshore account. RIVCO DA filed charges against KUBICA in 2014, he was extradited to Riverside County from B.C. in 2018. PELICAN RESEARCH assisted counsel w/ the guilt investigation.
PEOPLE v. FRED WEATHERTON (INF030802
FRED WEATHERTON was charged w/ two counts of murder, special circumstances, in Nov. 1, 1998. He was also charged with attempted murder of a third person, as well as robbery. PELICAN RESEARCH assisted counsel w/ the mitigation investigation.