Innocence Legal Team | Criminal Defense Attorney | Tracey Kroot




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Tracey Kroot

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I have worked within the criminal justice system for thirty years, having worked 17 of those with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, retiring as a District Attorney Senior Criminal Investigator. I have attending hundreds of hours in advanced training on investigations and techniques, and hold an Advanced Certificate from POST, the California Commission on Peace Officers Standing and Training.<br /> I believe one is innocent until proven guilty. I also believe that identifying the facts in a case showing one to be innocent of a crime is paramount to what I do as a licensed Private Investigator. I am the owner of Kroot Private Investigations, LLC, and we are a prominent women’s agency dedicated to conduct factual interviews, reports, identifying witnesses, and have extensive experience in trial preparation. I am also trained in the Component Method of Investigations, I believe my job is to identify the leads, conduct a fair investigation, and present the facts that may lead to innocence, which is why I am honored to be a part of the Innocence Legal Team.


  • Licensed and fully Insured California Private Investigator PI #28940

Recent experience/kroot private investigations

  • Pretrial and Trial preparation, criminal, civil and family law
  • Criminal Defense, to include allegations of sexual assault
  • Jury polling
  • AOE/COE Workers Compensation
  • Elder financial abuse
  • Witness locate and interviews
  • Background investigations
  • Missing persons
  • Assistance with Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Family law
  • Civil Litigation—injury and wrongful death
  • Locate missing assets and bank accounts
  • Service of Process
  • Real Estate fraud
  • Undercover

Experienced Investigator

  • With a total of 30 years of experience in investigations, including criminal, civil and administrative violations for the County of Santa Clara, as well as five years in Corporate Investigations. Experience includes:
  • Over 17 Years as a sworn Peace Officer, with Santa Clara County.
  • Approximately seven years employed by the Social Services Agency of Santa Clara County. Investigations included general fraud, grand theft, adoptions investigations (parental relinquishment), perjury, and Administrative Hearings in defense of the County.
  • Approximately 10 years as a Criminal Investigator II, performing skilled criminal investigation work for the District Attorney’s Office, Santa Clara County, and held the position of Team Leader for eight of these years. Worked as Department trainer, new hire coordinator, intern placement, arrest team member, Emergency Response Team, and conducted extraditions of prisoners.
  • Qualified in Superior Court as an Expert Witness in the areas of fraud, grand theft, and perjury in relation to Social Services investigations. Conducted intensive work in trial preparation and assisting Deputy District Attorneys in the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases. Interviewed numerous witnesses, documented witness and suspect interviews, coordinated prepared witnesses for hearings. Included interview/interrogation of suspects.
  • Elder Abuse task force.
  • Assigned to the Family Support Division as a Team Leader for approximately two years, concentrating on paternity establishment and the security of the Family Support Officers and Deputy District Attorneys.
  • Knowledge and experience with investigative techniques and procedures, rules of evidence and court procedure. Experienced in the techniques of identifying, preserving, and presenting evidence, laws of arrest, search and seizure.
  • Interpreted and applied to specific cases the provisions of the laws, rules or regulations enforced or administered; planned, organized and directed investigations. Prepared correspondence and reports, as well as “Statements of Facts”, for criminal complaints.
  • Experienced with extensive interviewing of witnesses and suspects, and with the origination of search warrants and their implementation. Under Proposition 8, the Victims’ Bill of Rights, frequently testified on behalf of all witnesses at preliminary trials. Proven ability to express clearly and concisely factual information both orally and in writing, and able to prepare accurate written reports. Experienced in communicating effectively with a diverse community.
  • Approximately five years of experience in Corporate Investigations (Advanced Micro Devices), investigating high technology related crimes, internal policy violations, theft, narcotics, employee misconduct and violations of trade secrets. Also supervised the activities of undercover operatives placed within the organization. Member of the District Attorney’s Technology Theft Association (DATTA).
  • Owner of Kroot Private Investigations LLC, since 2014.

Education & Organizations

  • Licensed and Insured California License Private Investigator, # PI-28940
  • Advanced Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) Certificate
  • Bachelor and Master Degrees in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Basic Special Investigator Academy (POST)
  • Member California Association of Private Investigators (CALI)
  • District Governor, California Association of Private Investigators (CALI)
  • Graduate of the Criminal Defense Component Method Academy (2017)
  • Court Designated Child Advocates volunteer
  • National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) volunteer, coordinating Crisis Intervention Techniques classes with local law enforcement
  • Licensed by Department of Real Estate #01378834, with experience in probate, trustee sales and property division. Member of the California Association of Realtors (CAR) and National Association of Realtors (NAR)

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