Social History Investigations

Social history investigations are always of primary importance in any mitigation case.

  • What was the client’s family life like?
  • Were there strong, mentoring parents in the home?
  • Were the client’s mentors teaching good or evil?
  • Did the client often move from place to place?
  • Did the client have trouble making friends?
  • What kind of friends did the client make?
  • Was the client abused by anyone?
  • Were they sexually molested?
  • What did the client’s family value?
  • Was the client influenced by outside sources?
  • Did the client have any religion in their life?

Finding out what social issues helped to form the client’s values, morals and actions are extremely important in assisting the trier of fact.