Common Beliefs About Private Investigators: Here’s The Truth!

Common Beliefs About Private Investigators: Here’s The Truth!

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We watch so many mystery and detective themed shows and movies. The line between real and entertainment gets blurred so easily. People generally have the misconception about Private Investigators. They believe that private investigators can do everything a police officer can without restriction. These questions come up often, so today I’m here to set some myths straight:

Recording Private Conversations

  • Private investigators can’t record private conversations where neither party is aware of the recording.
  • Some states do allow a PI to record conversations if one party is aware. But most states require all parties to give consent.
  • You may not be able to hire an investigator to bug a business rivals office. But there is always a loophole. If a conversation is taken place in a public area, a PI is allowed to eavesdrop and record the discussion.


  • A PI is typically only able to wiretap a phone if consent is given from both individuals involved.
  • Laws vary slightly from state to state, as recording conversations does. In many states wiretapping is permissible with only one party consenting.


  • You can’t hire a private investigator to break into another person’s home.
  • A private investigator can only gain entry to a property with permission from the owners like law enforcement officials. This also holds true with a person’s mail.
  • Trespassing and privacy laws are strictly enforced.

Running License Plates

  • A private investigator can run license plate numbers.
  • A PI must have a legal justification for running plates.
  • Curiosity is not a permissible cause but if the plate is part of a legitimate investigation this information is admissible.

 Obtain Protected Information

  • Just because a private investigator can track down information others can’t, they do have some limitations.
  • Private investigators can not legally obtain information protected by state or federal law.
  • These restrictions extend to bank accounts, phone records and court documents.
  • A PI can help you find undeclared accounts and where they are and run criminal records.

Making Arrests

  • A Private investigator is not licensed to make arrests.
  • A PI  can work on an investigation to uncover crimes and track down fugitives.
  • If a private investigator witnesses a person committing a federal crime most states will allow a citizen’s arrest.

 Law Enforcement Myth

  • One of the most prevalent myths about private investigators is that a PI has to have worked in law enforcement.
  • Many of the top PI firms have skilled investigators with no prior field experience.
  • Most private investigators help with financial and corporate matters where a career in the police force is not useful.

Find a Private Investigator You Can Trust

A private investigator can’t break the law during the course of their investigation. This means it’s illegal for a private investigator to bribe, abuse, or use deceitful means to gain information.

Unfortunately, there are PI’s who do violate the law. You will find these people willing to trespass or illegally tap phones, and even pose as police officers.

Be careful about working with these people. If you choose to employ them, you risk being arrested or having your case sabotaged because of their illegal activities.

It’s not worth it. To be safe, you should always  hire the real deal!

Eye Spy Private Detective Agency has built a sound reputation among our clients. Our Investigators exhibit professionalism and knowledge, while dealing with a vast array of cases. Eye Spy only employs highly trained private investigators. Many of whom have earned college degrees ranging from Criminal Justice to Finance. We provide these services with the utmost of confidentiality and in an expeditious manner.

Are you an individual needing our services for a domestic problem? An attorney requiring information for a client? A large company looking to minimize losses? Our private detectives are here to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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