Private Investigator Questions

Private Investigator Questions

What or who is a Private Investigator?


Eye Spy discusses common private investigator questions. According to Wikipedia a private investigator or private detective (often shortened to PI or private eye) is a person who can be hired by individuals or groups to undertake investigatory law services. Private detectives/investigators often work for attorneys in civil cases, yet still undertake many aspects of criminal matters. Many work for insurance companies to investigate suspicious claims. Many private investigators are former law enforcement officers or worked as an investigator for a police department, county sheriff or other government agency. As such they have a wide range of experience to draw from for their clients.


Can I hire a private detective legally?


Sure, why not. Anyone can.


What is the difference between a police investigator and a private investigator?


A police investigation is conducted by sworn law enforcement officers and is done within the constraints of Constitutional laws. The investigation is conducted to determine if a crime has been committed, to determine who committed the crime, and to gather enough evidence to present to a prosecutor for a trial.


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A private investigation is conducted by a professional investigator who is in all other aspects, a private citizen. Being a private investigator, several of the constraints of the Constitution do not apply (such as a Miranda warning before giving a statement). Private investigators are not restricted to criminal investigations. PIs work for clients who may request any manner of work, including infidelity investigations, background investigations, asset location investigations, or fraudulent insurance claims. PIs may uncover criminal violations, but are not bound by law to report them to law enforcement. PIs work at the behest of their clients.


In many cases private investigators are able to do much more for a client because they are not subject to governmental or department budget restraints or internal agency politics. Further, a private investigator or detective is able to work more quietly on sensitive issues without releasing embarrassing details to the public thereby protecting the privacy of the client..


Is my case with a Private Investigator confidential?


Yes, a private detective or investigator will always handle your case with as much confidentiality as possible. A good PI treats your case exactly the same as a doctor or attorney would. All information you share is private, confidential and privileged.


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