There are a number of reasons that people hire a private investigator agency including everything from checking out a childcare applicant to catching a cheating spouse. While the roles of PIs in the movies have always been surrounded by a certain degree of shadiness that people take to be true in real life, finding an investigator who is ethical and will not break the law to solve your case is to your advantage. Regardless of the type of services you require, you want an investigative agency that will never put you in harm’s way and who will provide you with any information they obtain on your behalf.
Attorneys as Clients
Attorneys and law firms will often use the services of a private investigator to obtain information that will be used in their clients’ cases. They may hire them to do background checks, do surveillance on the plaintiff in a personal injury case, or to obtain sensitive information. Without the ethics to abide by the laws of the state and the guidelines of their license, the investigator will not have the needed credibility to perform these and other important functions for the attorney’s clients who are relying on them for a good defense.
Finding Missing People
Sometimes people disappear because they are victims of foul play. Others disappear to avoid being prosecuted for a crime or to avoid being imprisoned after they have already been found guilty of a crime and sentenced. Sometimes a lawyer may be unable to find an important witness to a crime or accident. The attorney may call on a private investigator agency to find the people that they need for their court case. Private individuals will also hire PIs to find loved ones who they are unable to find on their own. Not only does the person or law firm who hires the attorney rely on them to get results, but they rely on their ethics to provide them with any information they have obtained and information that may indicate they are headed in the wrong direction with their search.
Finding an Ethical, Skilled Professional Investigator Agency
When results matter enough for you to hire a professional, your choice in an ethical investigator agency matters, too. A good place to start is by looking at whether the investigator is licensed in your state. The Bureau of Security and Investigative Services is the licensing bureau which gives the PI their credentials. Check to see if any complaints have been filed against the investigator or the agency prior to hiring them.
Ask them Outright
In your initial meeting, ask the investigators how they feel about their ethical responsibilities and the role they play in their work. Any private investigator agency that is concerned with being ethical and having integrity in the services they provide will tell you in their response. You can also ask them for references and follow up on them to ensure they have followed ethical investigative practices in the past. You want a private investigator agency that solves cases and that does so in a way that generates trust and respect from their clients.