What is a Private Investigator?
A Private investigator, commonly known as private detective or private eye, is a person who can be hired by individuals, businesses and groups to undertake lawful investigative services. Many people identify the generic term detective with law enforcement and crime scene investigation or the term investigator with fraud, insurance and workers compensation injury claims. Private investigators support a wide variety of services, but generally speaking, they collect evidence and perform in-depth research. This is accomplished through use of online resources, databases, records or documents, witness statements, video, photography and surveillance. Private investigators are the means by which individuals, businesses and attorneys collect information.
What Private Investigators do?
Private investigators often work with attorneys in civil cases and a handful of skilled private detectives work with defense attorneys on criminal cases or provide executive protection. A majority of private eyes investigate suspicious claims searching for evidence of adultery or infidelity in a marriage, child custody, personal and corporate asset searches, employment background checks, witness interviews and surveillance.
Private investigators can also be used to perform due diligence for an investor who may be considering investing money with an investment group or high risk business or investment venture. This could better serve the prospective investor to avoid being a victim of fraud or Ponzi scheme. Licensed and experienced investigators could potentially unearth information that an investment is risky or the investor has suspicious red flags in their background. This is called investigative due diligence, and is becoming more prevalent in recent years with public reports of large scale Ponzi schemes and fraudulent investment vehicles reported by the SEC and other law enforcement agencies.
Are Private Investigators Licensed?
Private investigators are licensed by the state in which they work, meet strict state applicant examination testing regulations and pass successful adjudication of a criminal and civil background check conducted by state investigators. Private investigators/detectives are licensed to conduct civil and criminal investigations, and are protected by statutes of the state they are licensed. Washington State statutes make it unlawful for any person to conduct a criminal investigation unless they are licensed by that state, or exempt by the statute (i.e. law enforcement officers or agents, attorneys, paralegals and claims adjusters).
Washington State Investigators is licensed as a private investigation agency in full compliance with all rules and regulations, laws and statutes set forth by the State of Washington.
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