A lot of people ask, “what can a Private Investigator do?” To answer this question is quite complex considering there is a lot we can do! So, for a quick start, here are a few things we can do.
- Yes, we can spy on your spouse. It’s not a glamorous job, and I’ll be honest that I have only ever partly done this once (I pay others to do it now). This generally consists of collecting evidence of cheating. We can follow people, covertly spy on social media profiles (this is tricky and sometimes does not work), slyly interview people, and even review public records. A lot of times, a simple traffic ticket will give enough evidence to make everything fall into place.
- We can spy on employees making a worker’s comp claim. If you are an employee, the take away here is that a good private investigator can catch you…so don’t commit fraud. If you are an employer- understand that this is a very fine line. If the person you are watching finds out about it, and they have a legitimate worker’s comp claim (so, you didn’t find any evidence of fraud), you can end up paying a lot more in the end. Make sure it’s legit because the legal fees for being wrong can put you out of business.
- We can track people down. This is a very wide area in itself, so let me just cover a couple of these. “Missing” people cover a wide variety of reasons, so this might be someone running away, some sort of kidnapping/abduction, or people you just can’t find. If there is an active police investigation (usually for kidnapping/abduction), these are hard to work without potentially creating problems for law enforcement. Cold cases tend to be where we come in and pick up where the police left off.
- Working for the defense…or even the prosecution. Believe it or not, the defense has an obligation to interview witnesses and collect evidence. In some cases, this just means re-interviewing the same people the police already talked to. In other cases, a private investigator might just do a little investigating and find new people to add to the witness list. Of course, this is not free, so many defendants opt for the cheapest option possible and skip the extra help from a PI.
I know it’s a short one this week, but here is some info to get you started. If you have specific questions, or you want to learn more about a specific topic- just let me know!
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