Weber Law's Team of Private Criminal Investigators

Weber Law Criminal Defense Attorney

The Criminal Defense Law Ninjas

We practice people law. People law is the type of law focused on strengthening families, individuals, and businesses by personal connection and face-to-face interaction.

More often than not, a private criminal investigator can be the crucial factor in a winning criminal defense case. Our investigators are seasoned and experienced in finding witnesses and evidence that can establish reasonable doubt. 

Our Investigators

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Nick DeLand

Nick DeLand is a retired law enforcement officer, son of a prominent criminal defense attorney, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ashford University with a bachelor’s degree in Social and Criminal Justice. Mr. DeLand’s law enforcement experience includes uniformed patrol as well as years in various detective assignments, in addition to specialized training in a wide range of subjects including Internet crime, fraud, and financial crime, sex crime, assault, domestic violence, homicide, digital forensics, and many others. Since his retirement from the Salt Lake City Police Department in 2012, Mr. DeLand has conducted extensive and professional private criminal investigations for many of the most prestigious lawyers and firms in Utah and is now a valued member of our team.

*To verify a Weber Law investigator, please call Nick at (801) 810-7875.

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Adam Burton

Adam Burton served many years as a sworn law enforcement officer for the Iron County Sheriff's Office where he supervised sheriff's office patrol deputies. Mr. Burton also served as a K9 handler which included narcotics detection and interdiction. Complementing his years of training and experience in law enforcement, Mr. Burton also served honorably in the United States Army where he earned various commendations and medals, including the Operation Iraqi Freedom medal.

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Melissa Fritz

Melissa Fritz has worked for over a decade as an investigator in law enforcement and private investigations. During her time in law enforcement, she worked corrections, patrol, and as a member of the drug task force. As a result of numerous and often intensive narcotics investigations, Ms. Fritz was named the Utah Narcotics Officers Association Officer of the Year. As a private criminal investigator, Ms. Fritz specializes in criminal defense and civil rights investigations.

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Greg Rice

Greg Rice led a successful career for 21 years as an FBI Agent from 1998 to 2020. He honorably retired as a Special Agent with the FBI in 2020 and began his firm and became a licensed private investigator in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado. Mr. Rice was both an FBI Agent and an FBI Supervisor with a heavy emphasis for 18 years working in financial crimes investigations. His work included a broad spectrum of federal criminal investigations involving complex financial crimes, money laundering, mortgage fraud, workers compensation, Identity theft, bank fraud, intellectual property, background investigations, violent crimes, narcotics, gangs, civil rights, cyber-crime, and domestic terrorism. Mr. Rice served as a Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in Washington, D.C. which implements the coordination of intelligence sharing toward disrupting and dismantling command and control elements of criminal organizations. He received the 2019 U.S. Treasury’s Fincen Director's Award for a major fraud investigation. He was also recognized in 2018 with an award by the Utah U.S. Attorney’s Office for work done on a large-scale nationwide fraud investigation. He is an investigator who possesses excellent knowledge of the federal criminal justice system and has developed quality relationships with both federal prosecutors and agents in the area. He possesses excellent oral and written communication skills, analytical skills, quality interviewing abilities, tenacity, strong personal initiative.

Sharon Daurelle

Sharon Daurelle spent over 32 years in public safety serving in various assignments and supervisory positions within the Utah state government, the majority of that time within the Utah Department of Corrections, Field Operations, Adult Probation & Parole (AP&P), and investigations. She worked closely with the courts and Board of Pardons and Parole, as well as prosecutors, defense attorneys, drug and alcohol programs and non-profits, prisons, contracted jails, and community correctional facilities. Additionally, Sharon was instrumental in developing or overseeing several components of the criminal justice system including the Mentally Ill Offender Program, Pre-Sentence Unit, Treatment, and Resource Center, Women’s Community Correctional Facility as well as the sex-offender community correctional center and brought the victim-offender dialogue in crimes of severe violence program to the State of Utah as well as trauma-informed care into various facilities. Leveraging her vast experience, Sharon trained several field officers, AP&P agents, and correctional officers in various specialties including domestic and sexual violence issues. Following her retirement, Sharon was the residential director of the largest domestic violence shelter in the state, then managed the Utah Attorney General’s Office Trafficking in Persons Task Force. As one of Weber Law’s team of private investigators, Sharon now brings her wealth of experience to the benefit of our clients

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Steve Tobias

Mr. Tobias has over thirty years of investigation experience in criminal, criminal defense, civil litigation, workplace misconduct, and corporate investigations. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University and his Master's Degree in Human Resources from Seton Hall University.

Before becoming a Private Investigator, Mr. Tobias served as a police officer in Southern California for over 30 years. During this time, he was assigned to the detective bureau as an investigator, eventually promoted to the rank of sergeant where he reviewed and managed investigations of all types, and eventually promoted to the rank of lieutenant where he commanded the detective bureau, overseeing daily operations, budget, and search warrant accuracy.

Mr. Tobias spent the final seven years of his career commanding the Internal Affairs Division where he conducted misconduct investigations against police officers, civil litigation investigations, and claims investigations against the police department. During this time, Mr. Tobias developed the Department's first Internal Affairs Investigations manual and created a database for tracking misconduct allegations against police officers and other workplace-related investigations, including use of force incidents.

Mr. Tobias has been awarded the Medal of Valor for heroism and has been recognized as a police officer of the Year, and City Employee of the year. Additionally, he was a nominee for the United States Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor.

August D'Avila

August is licensed as a Private Investigator and is licensed in Deception Detection. He has over 20 plus years of investigation experience with the Department of Defense, Department of the Army and locally as an investigator in Utah. He has experience in investigations with terrorism, counterterrorism, fraud, insider threats, criminal defense, and corporate investigations. He was an Exploitation/Interview and Analysis Instructor at USAIC/HT JCOE at Ft Huachuca. He is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003, and also served in Afghanistan in 2012, 2014-2015. He earned his Master's Degree in Strategic Security at Henley-Putnam University. August also served as a Security Consultant and Director for local events. August is a fluent native Spanish and English speaker. He also graduated from DLI POM US ARMY language school with Arabic as his 3rd language.

Gretchen McNees

Gretchen McNees is a retired law enforcement officer, having served 27 years in the profession. She is the daughter of Gary and Kathy Sheets. Kathy was a victim of the 1985 Hoffman bombings where she was killed. The law enforcement investigation into her mother's death prompted her to pursue a careen in law enforcement. Gretchen graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice. She went on to get a master’s certificate in Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Gretchen's law enforcement career includes uniformed patrol, working in the training unit teaching new recruits, school resource officer, and the majority of her career was serving as a detective. She specialized in a variety of detective assignments such as domestic violence, larceny crimes and juvenile crimes. For nearly ten years, Gretchen was a detective in the Special Victims Unit investigating sex crimes cases against adults and children, and child abuse cases. Since retiring from law enforcement, taught Criminal Justice for a local school district and now enjoys putting her considerable investigative skills to use as a private investigator working with Weber Law.

Mike Hardin

Meet Mike Hardin, distinguished retired law enforcement detective with over two decades of experience in the Salt Lake City Police Department. Throughout his career, Mike has displayed unwavering dedication and commitment to public service, earning a reputation as a highly skilled investigator and a valuable asset to the department. For the first five years of his service, he was assigned to patrol duties and SWAT, honing his skills in maintaining public order and ensuring the safety of the community. He then transitioned to the detective bureau, where he spent the remainder of his career investigating a range of complex and challenging cases, DUI, Theft, Burglary, Fraud, Robbery, Domestics, Assaults, Kidnappings, Sex Crimes, Missing Persons, Homicide, Cold Cases and many others. With his keen attention to detail and tireless work ethic, Mike proved instrumental in solving numerous cases that posed significant challenges to law enforcement personnel. His extensive experience in the detective bureau enabled him to develop a deep understanding of the criminal mind and an ability to decipher the most intricate details of a case. After a long and illustrious career in law enforcement, Mike retired from the Salt Lake City Police Department, leaving behind a legacy of excellence and professionalism. His remarkable achievements and contributions to the community have earned him the respect and admiration of his peers, and he will always be remembered as a true champion of justice. In addition to Mike’s impressive career, he has received numerous accolades and awards for his outstanding service. His exceptional work in the detective bureau has been recognized with several commendations, including Detective of the Year, an honor reserved for only the most exceptional investigators. Throughout his career, he has been praised for his ability to unravel complex cases and bring justice to victims and their families. His unwavering commitment to public safety and his tireless efforts to uphold the law have earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and the community at large. As a true master of his craft, he has consistently demonstrated remarkable expertise in his field, and his insights and contributions have been instrumental in advancing the field of law enforcement. His many accomplishments serve as a testament to his unwavering dedication and unparalleled skill as a detective. Mike has countless hours of various criminal related training, experience, and is highly skilled in interviewing techniques, attention to detail and knows how the criminal justice system works, first hand.

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