Today’s Professional Private Investigator
The general perception of a private investigator is a person wearing a trench coat and arranging a meeting in a back alley to accept money, to gather information by some nefarious means. Often times clients believe that private investigators “pay somebody off” to obtain information that they have been unable to ascertain. This image comes from the TV version of PI’s and is very different than the real world private investigator.
The professional private investigator of today is exactly that, a professional. The modern day private investigator is well aware that any information which is not obtained legally, will certainly be challenged in court with the possibility that the information will be thrown out, therefore hindering the clients case.
As a private investigator we are asked all the time if we can obtain information that might be illegal or unethical. Most people still have the old perception of a “shady” PI, but you will find that most investigators will not do anything to jeopardize losing their PI license, or worse….end up in jail.
You can often find the modern day private investigator sitting in a conference room, meeting with attorneys, discussing strategy on how to best approach an investigation, to help the attorneys client. A private investigator might also be out interviewing witnesses who might be pertinent to a case. Whatever the case might be, you will find that a private investigator is a representative of the client and therefore should at all times present themselves as professionals while giving totalÂ respect to all parties involved in a case.