Frequently Asked Questions
Hiring A Private Investigator
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR
Hiring a private investigator can be a difficult and challenging process. It can also be one of the most important decisions you can make. It boils down to trust and confidence. You are placing your complete trust and confidence in a person to perform a critically important task. The results of this task could literally impact your life; therefore, selecting the right person for the job is extremely important. To help, consider these tips:
- Ask around for a referral. Your friends, business associates, your lawyer, your insurance company may be good sources of information.
- Is your PI licensed? Not all states require PI’s to be licensed. In order to conduct investigations in the state of Texas a person must be licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety Private Security Bureau.
- Check your state’s private investigator associations, most of which have web sites that post their membership directory. If you can’t find a PI association for your state, there are a number of national PI organizations that refer investigators, such as The National Association of Investigative Specialists (NAIS) and PINow. Check your state’s trial lawyers’ association; they maintain a directory of PI’s your area. In Texas, you may want to contact Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) for referral advice.
- Check Internet and Yellow Page ads for private investigator listings.
- Before you speak to an investigator, know how much you can afford to spend.
- When you speak to an investigator, ask if he/she has done the type of work you’re seeking and what the results were. In most instances, your conversation with the PI will determine if you hire that PI.
- Expect to pay a retainer before any work is begun. This is a common and acceptable business practice.
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Filing a Complaint
If you have a complaint against a Private Investigator or Security Contractor