In real life, we tend to think of private investigators in the same mysterious, romantic light. Whether we’re thinking of old detective novels or of a gritty former cop who just “couldn’t follow the rules,” we have a lot of misconceptions when it comes to this very real profession.
Just like in the movies! While much of the job has moved online when it comes to finding information on a suspect, A Private Investigator doesn't mind getting his/her hands dirty too.
Depending on the laws in your town, it could be completely legal for them to take something that may be crucial evidence once it’s been tossed away.
Turns out, it’s a numbers game. Private Investigators prefer to work solo, there are larger companies that will send out two investigators to track a car on the road when they’re trying to be extra stealthy.
That way, the suspect has no way of noticing any patterns going on behind them.
Investigation stake outs are a lot of nothing until something finally happens. A Private Investigator may rely on music, books on tape, or podcasts to keep their minds alert while their eyes continue to scope out the scene.
Many movies show the relationship between police officers and a private investigator as contentious or competitive, but they actually work closely together to make sure justice is really served — PI’s aren’t rebelling against the authorities in any way, as fun as that might sound for a movie.
Just like any investigator, they are hired to report the Facts! Their license could be taken away if they were found perjuring for a few good bucks, so don’t go looking for a Private Investigator to help you conjure up a guilty party out of thin air.
There are many services a private investigator provide. The industry today far surpasses the “Colombo” days. The industry today is full of professional, ethical and moral individuals. We provide many services the general public are not aware of!
Most private investigators, but not all, come from Law Enforcement backgrounds or criminal justice degrees and/or careers. Training and experience alone can expose them to resources and tools that the average person does not.
Most individuals don’t have the time, education, legal liability knowledge, skills or training to perform an investigation on their own and do not want their privacy compromised. There are many risks involved and it is best to let the professionals, who have the knowledge, perform the task.
Benefits for Business Owners/Employers/Individuals
Performing a background check on your potential employee is critical. This could be a staff member, business partner, household employee, nanny, etc. Private Investigators have access to databases unavailable to the general public. A private investigator will also have the skills to dig deeper into a person’s history. With the increase of internet dating it has become imperative that you perform safe dating checks to avoid a potentially dangerous or volatile situation.
Domestic and Criminal Investigations
Many attorneys, as well as individuals going through a civil or criminal law suit, need the assistance of a Private Investigator. Licensed Private Investigators are considered Expert Witnesses. Private Investigators can interview subjects, perform surveillance and prove the facts they provide. Anything they personally observe is considered credible testimony in court.
Yes, you must be licensed in Michigan
Before you can pursue a career as a private investigator in Michigan, you must ensure you meet minimum requirements for licensure.
In Michigan, we have what is known as a one-party consent law when it comes to eavesdropping. For example, two people are sitting together in a room having a conversation. Consent isn’t required for one party to record that conversation under Michigan eavesdropping laws. Because that person is a party to the conversation, they can record it.
In the second scenario, the same two people are in a room having a conversation and there’s a camera in the corner recording the conversation without either parties’ knowledge. If consent wasn’t obtained from either party, the one making the recording is technically guilty of eavesdropping.
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