PELICAN RESEARCH is Southern California’s premium private investigative solution for criminal defense and/or civil litigation. Anyone of the clients I've worked for will attest to my strong work ethic and the quality of my work. 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 you should consider an investigative counter measure. PELICAN RESEARCH will shed light on the “real terms” of an alleged incident and provide a stream of unbiased information to the defense 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, and Riverside counties. When you combine the past seven (7) years 54% of business involves serious felonies (Murder 15%, Assault w/ Deadly Weapon 9%, Rape 3%, Arson 2%, Kidnapping 2%, Robbery 8%, Drug possession 12%, Burglary 3%) The other 46% consists of misdemeanors.

PELICAN RESEARCH adheres to the core principle that exceptional service is the driving force of success. The business is committed to providing a professional and ethical service that is accountable for all work product produced. I'll never lie to you and I'll work tirelessly toward obtaining factual and relevant information needed for you to make the right legal decisions, minimizing your client's exposure to financial, physical, or emotional damages. PELICAN RESEARCH will reduce costs while ensuring private and indigent defendants receive a fair and unbiased defense. Outsourcing investigative needs to a licensed and insured investigator with a network of resources will save money and generate actionable intelligence for counsel to make the right legal decisions for his or her client.

Depending on the case, PELICAN RESEARCH offers hourly or a flat rates. All time is logged and accounted for ensuring your never over-billed for unproductive time. Retainers must be paid upfront for services to begin. Give me a call today to discuss your case. 



                                                                                                                                        THE PELICAN ALWAYS FIND HIS FISH!

         Matt J. DeSales (PI#28191)
         Owner / Qualified Mgr.
                                                                                                                                         B. (949) 940-6498 24/7

PEOPLE v. CRISTIN SMITH (RIF1600755)
In 2006, there was a brutal triple homicide in the remote area of Pinyon Pines, Palm Springs, CA. SMITH, decorated Army Ranger, was charged with the murders. PELICAN RESEARCH was the lead defense investigator on the matter. To date, the Pinyon Pines homicides have become known as the most notorious mysteries in the history of the Coachella Valley.
PEOPLE v. SCHUYLER LIFSHULTZ (17HF1276)
This case was commonly referred to as "Dumpster Gate". OC DA filed a criminal complaint alleging my client illegally dumped items including felony vandalism. With the help of two of OC brightest attorneys the case was ultimately dismissed and judge issued factual finding of innocence. 
PEOPLE v. JOSH STOCKTON (BA477703) 
STOCKTON was arrested for allegedly sending a prominent actress dozens of ominous emails, violating his probation and restraining orders. PELICAN RESEARCH assisted counsel with extensive research. 
PEOPLE v. JOHN HERNANDEZ FELIX (INF1601497)
JOHN FELIX was charged with double homicide of two Palm Springs Police Officers, including attempted murder of several other officers that afternoon. The defense believed the defendant had mental competence issues. PELICAN RESEARCH conducted the mitigation investigation.
PEOPLE v. ANTON KUBICA (RIF140136)
ANTON KUBICA of British Columbia (B.C.), was charged with first-degree murder in the 1990 slaying of a SWF to steal almost $200,000 from an offshore account. PELICAN RESEARCH assisted with the defense investigation.
PEOPLE v. FRED WEATHERTON (INF030802)
FRED WEATHERTON was charged with two counts of murder, special circumstance allegations. PELICAN RESEARCH assisted with the mitigation investigation.
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