Frequently Asked Questions
What/how do private
Private Investigators usually charge by the hour. Hourly
rates can vary based on the type of investigation needed as well as how many
investigators will be needed. Some investigators also charge for travel time
What can private investigators
do that I cannot?
Private Investigators are able to access a number of information
databases that are not available to the general public. More importantly,
investigators have the training and experience necessary to relate database
information to the case at hand. Investigators have thousands of hours of
experience working on investigations. For example, you could sit in a vehicle
and take pictures and drive behind someone, but when you get caught or
confronted by the police you can get injured or into serious trouble. Having a
professional licensed investigator report admitted into court or having them
testify on your behalf carries a lot more weight than evidence you collected
I have already been to the police can I still use a
Yes, regardless, you can hire a private investigator. Private
investigators often work in alongside the police and conduct their own interviews
and evidence collection.
How do investigators follow people
without getting caught?
Private investigators use their experience to avoid being
noticed. A skilled investigator will have experience in these situations so
they are able to anticipate events and take the appropriate steps. An
experienced investigator is aware that they are not invisible and is on the
lookout for signs that they have been noticed. If this happens, the
investigator will fall back and allow a greater distance between the target and
the investigator, or suspend surveillance if they believe continued efforts
would reveal the investigation.
What happens if an investigator gets caught?
In general, an investigator will deny everything and will
never discuss what they are doing or say who hired them. They will stick to a
cover story that gives a plausible reason for why they are in the area and will
take every possible step to prevent any actions from being taken that will
compromise the discretion of the investigation. If the investigator is
questioned by an individual with police powers, they are only required to
identify themselves to the police, and they do not have to disclose any other
Are there different types of
Private Investigators may specialize in a certain part of
the field and may have additional certifications and experiences.
What are the licensing
requirements to become a private investigator?
All states require several years of experience either in
law enforcement or working under a licensed private investigator prior to
obtaining their own license. Massachusetts requires 3 years of experience. Additionally,
the person must have no felony convictions or pending charges. Certain
misdemeanors will also disqualify an individual from working as a private investigator.
What can private investigators NOT do?
Private investigators must obey the same basic laws as
ordinary citizens. They cannot:
Pose as law enforcement officers or clergy
Obtain cell phone records or bank records via pre-texting
Do Private Investigators have access to government records?
Investigators have access to many public and private
databases. Some of these databases allow access to government information
including Motor Vehicle Information, property records, etc.